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what's happening. >> you are a race man? >> yeah. i am a race man. >> thanks very much. >> thank you. >> this is aljazeera america, live from new york city. i'm tony harris. another to democrat in the senate deifies president obama and opposes the iran nuclear agreement. active soldiers deployed to fight forest fires in the west. and women making history, in one of the toughest programs in the u.s. military.
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>> and we begin with another democrat signaling his opposition to the iran nuclear deal. in anger anger, senator bob menendez signaled that he will vote against it, but it may not be enough to sink the deal. mike viqueira, what are senator menendez's reasons for voting against the deal? >> it's interesting, tony, the first democrat to represent president obama's deal comes a month from congress. but though they're taking a break, it's behind the scenes, and today president obama lost one of his own. it's another blow from another senate democrat. new jersey's bob menendez said that he'll vote against president obama on the iran deal. >> at the end of the day, what we appear to have is a rollback of sanctions, and iran only limiting it's capability, but
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not dismantling or rolling it back. >> his announcement was not completely unexpected, but it does provide a window on the sensitive politics around the campaign to win congressional support on the deal. joining menendez, bob corkish, the chairman of the foreign relations committee. washington post, rather than end iran's nuclear program, over time this deal industrializes the program of the world's leading sponsor of terrorism. supporting or rejecting the deal, both sides are counting be congressional votes, with congress still on an extended summer recess. this much is clear, the manual or the of the house and senate will vote to represent the deal, bringing a presidential veto. the question, can they muster two-thirds in both houses to override that veto? it will be clob.
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while on vacation in martha's vineyard, president obama has kept up the pressure, calling on the phone and taking his case to social media, while republicans are spending millions to kill the deal. it boils down to basic math. in the senate, with all 54 republicans expected to vote against, congress has only 2012 deputies to spare. and he has lost two, schumer and men endes. but at least one republican thinks that the president will win. mitch mcconnellle told reports on monday that president obama has a great likelihood of success on the upcoming vote. and irarn's parliament holds its own vote in the coming days. supreme leader said that it's not clear, but if it's approved, it would not bring undue american influence.
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we last name allow either economic penetration or cultural penetration into the country by the united states. >> reporter: secretary of state, john kerry, has been working the phones, and in the face of menendez's desks,, kerry made the case for approve am. >> it makes our allies safer, and not to mention valley, and it's far better to deal with nefarious activities of the iranian regime when that regime does not posses a nuclear weapon. >> and tony, on the republican side, there are two types of republican foreign policy. richard luger from indiana and brent scocroft, the national security adviser for george h.w. bush in the 1990s, and both have come out in favor of the deal, but it shows you how politics have changed in washington. not one single republican in the house or the senate has publicly backed the deal.
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>> mike viqueira in washington for us. and joining us, jim walsh, an associate at mit's program. and good to have on you the program. so this deal was two years in the negotiating and decades in the making, and senator menendez wants a better deal. and my question to you, was there a better deal available at the time of the negotiations? is there a better deal available in the foreseeable future? >> well, the way i tried to answer that question, let's compare it to the other agreements that we have done. let's compare it to the set of negotiations accomplished by human beings, not in theory, but by human beings, and compare it to the other ones. we have been doing this for 70 years, and when i look at this, we conclude that this is the best you've ever done before. does it have problems? of course.
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and the other side gets things that it wants, and that's how things get made. but if you compare t. it's the strongest that it has been negotiated. so i guess you could get a better deal. but i find it hard to believe that this is the best one ever negotiated >> so we're paying a lot of attention to senators who said yes to the deal. and two democrats came out in favor of the deal today. senators jack reed and sheldon white house, democrats from rhode island. so i'm not ask whether or not you are for or against the deal, but i want to know whether you agree or disagree with senator reed, by the way, the ranking member of the armed services committee. he says if iran cheats, they will be isolated internationally and sanctions will snap back, and we'll have a better tense, and a broader coalition and stronger case for
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swift, forceful action. do you agree with that assessment? >> i do, and i want to be clear and be direct on this. i've spent 50 years working on this iran problem, and i've read this a dozen times. and i'm sympathetic to t but let me speak to the point, there are snapback sanctions in the u.n. resolution. and before this was done, i was sceptical that they would get that. i was shocked that the russians gave up their leverage on the security council in this, and that was a stunner to me. that was one the features than unprecedented here. those are snapback resolution, and i agree with his assess many. reasonable people can disagree, but i think that it's pretty strong, as strong as you can recently get. and there's history here, tony. we tried to get zero and tried to get perfect in 2005, and those talks collapsed, and iran went from 164 centrifuges.
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it wouldn't go to zero then, and then it built 19,000. so i don't think that it's going to go to zero now. >> yes, just to understand the opposition, and some of the arguments, what i have for you. >> whether or not the deal can be verified. monitoring and verification. is the ieae up to the job of monitoring, verifying the new protocols on this deal. >> well, i think that's absolutely a critical question, and it's a question that doesn't get asked very often. we're putting a lot of responsibility on iaea. and it has a lot of new resources and doing things that it has never done before. so that's a question to be investigated. someone should go and systematically look at the agency and it's capabilities and see if they can do it. they have a pretty good track record, but this is a brand-new big job, bigger than they ever encountered before. so it's a reasonable question.
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>> jim walsh, an associate at m.i.t.'s program. in thailand, the police have released surveillance video of the person that they say is a suspect in monday's bombing in bangkok. at least 42 people were killed in the blast in the commercial district. and more than 100 others were injured. and thailand's prime minister is calling for calm after the second explosion today. >> reporter: picking up the pieces, this is a shopping it district in bangkok that has seen conflict several times before. but nothing like this. dozens of people were killed here on monday, among them, victims from mall asia, china, hong kong and singapore. many were injured. it was an attack, apparently designed to kill as many people as possible at a high-profile target, the shrine.
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the government is acting urgently to restore a sense of security for the public and millions of tourists. >> in our country, there are individuals or groups of individuals who are seeking to destroy the country. the ongoing attempts at destruction might be politically motivated, with the economy, tourism or for whatever reason. government will work to find these perpetrators and bring justice as soon as possible. >> reporter: thai authorities have released pictures of the man they believe to be the main suspect behind the bombing. wearing a yellow t-shirt, he is shown in the images carrying a backpack to the erowin shrine, and later on, he's seen leaving the shrine without the backpack. a manhunt is underway. this shows the moment that the bomb went off. five kilograms of military
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explosives that sources tell aljazeera was deliberately detonated. within hours of the blast, the government was blaming it's political enemies, and now it's asking the country to unite and stay calm. >> i'm sure that the public -- right now, look at what has happened. let bygones be bygones, but the thai government will do our best. >> but within an hour of that speech, this happened at the main river transport, another high-profile tourist target. the grenade landed in the water x. no one was injured. back at the erowan shrine, things are back to normal. the roads are reopened, but this is as close as we can get to the shrine itself. the security has been tight as prompted. but we have seen forensic teams
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arrive as they try to get to the bottom of how and why this brutal attack happened. thai authorities won't say how soon they will be able to announce the results of the investigation. veronica pedrosa, aljazeera, bangkok. >> now, the u.s. military will give help fighting the fires in the west. 200 soldiers from tacoma will start training and be deployed on thursday. one fire, 200 miles away in shellan, has been contained. but two dozen homes. good to see you, and are the firefighters making any headway here? >> reporter: they are making head change, and in the last 24 hours, thanks to calmer winds, they have lost more homes or out buildings to this devastating fire. so right now, the home has
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claimed about 50 homes and structures, including the one behind me where only the chimney stands, but still four to five homes are in harm's way and 1,000 people are evacuated. and that's now presenting a new problem, burglary. fire officials say that people are civil taking advantage of the situation. >> we have people taking advantage of the evacuations and we have had an increase in burglaries. so the sheriffs' office has canceled days off for the sheriffs deputies, and we're increasing roving patrols in those areas. >> reporter: and tony, i did mention that there have been calmer winds, but the officials are keeping a close eye on the forecast because windy conditions are forecast for the next 24-48 hours. so certainly they will be checking into that. and also, i want to mention that it's not just washington state that's seeing a huge
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number of devastating wildfires. they're exploding all across the west. more than 40 homes lost in idaho, more than 2 dozen homes lost in oregon, and be of course with drought-stricken california, they have their own problems battling wildfires there. and coming up in the next half hour, what's going on in the west and how resources are really stretched thin. >> sabrina, good to see you. new york city is trying to prevent another outbreak of legionnaires' disease, and today the mayor signed a law to toughen up regulations of the cooling towers. vanessa is here with more for us. >> reporter: tony, the new law is the first of its kind in the nation, and it comes after the mandate to disinfect all cooling towers. and now the crews are working around-the-clock to try to make
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that happen. this is some of the equipment renaldo uses to clean the cooling towers in new york. >> we will get it with the power wash, and power wash the entire tower. >> reporter: he's one of the licensed workers who disinfects the cooling tower against legionella. >> what are your hours like. right now, it's nonstop. >> they're getting five more times the business since before the outbreak, and they have to hire more crews for the snapped. cleaning all cooling towers within 14 days. >> what are they saying to you? >> help. they don't have a full understanding of what needs to be done. >> he said it can take anywhere from a few hours to a full day to clean and sterilize a cooling tower from top to bottom. >> are all of them going to be cleaned? >> that's a tall order.
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>> the problem is, no one knows how many cooling towers there are in new york city. there's no formal registry, and that's expected to change. >> the buildings are required to register them online. and towers beyond the city, an unprecedented move. but questions still remain. in the largest outbreak area, some ask how the rules will be enforced and monitored. >> we can't leave it to owners. we can't get them to fix faucets. come on, you can't leave it to owners. >> reporter: the city initials will give hefty fines to knows who don't comply. >> the city officials are using the authority to go in themselves and take care of it, bill the owner, and institute more rigorous penalties. >> yes, it's a huge undertaking. it's going to require hundreds and hundreds of city workers >> reporter: as much as it's
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going to cost the city, they need additional resources, and most building owners are responsible for the disinfection costs. one told us that depending on the process, it can cost up to $15,000 for the largest cooling towers, but it's either that or face a fine, which can be more than that. >> . >> up next on the program, immigration and the gop, the debate sparked by donald trump over birthrights in citizenship in america. and plus, body cams being used to protect the police. one city in mexico is hoping their use will end police corruption.
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>> two new mexico police officers are standing trial for murder in the fatal shooting of a homeless man, and a judge ruled that abbe kerky officer, perez, and deputy keith sandy will be tried for the murder of james boyd. boyd, who had schizophrenia, was shot after a standoff, for camping illegally, and he died in a hospital. the albuquerque police department has had 40 shootings
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since 2010. all over the nation, they are responding with body cameras, and there are questioning raised about how the cameras will actually be used. jennifer london had a chance to ride along with th with the pole officers in los angeles. >> tony, it's always niece to see you, and we spent two days in the company of the a of the a police officers, and we wondered who are the cameras there to protect? this stretch of highway just over the border of california is one of the most dangerous in tijuana, mexico. we're riding around with the police force, steep cliffs around every turn. >> tell me about the motorcycle that you just pulled over, why did you stop him? >> the driver has a passenger and he's not wearing his
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helmet. >> the two motorcycle riders didn't want their faces on camera, but they don't have a choice. they are the first in the country to wear body cameras. >> it helps the citizens, and the drivers in this case, and it helps the police officer. >> police in tijuana already have their eyes all over the city. there are more than 600 cameras watching intersections and street corners and, but the body cameras are more perm. allowing the mix to keep a closer eye on what's happening on the streets. >> let's face t. it will show many things. >> alejandro lares is the chief of police. he pushed for the body camera program, which launched in february. >> one of the main aspects is to reduce the incidents with the community. >> what kind of incidents are we talking about? >> let's say a fight, let's say telling lies to the officers.
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people will go to the prosecutor and say, you know what? i got robbed and they hit me. >> you're watching exhibit actually, according to chief lares. it shows a woman driving without a license. [ speaking spanish ] the woman was ultimately placed under arrest and released after paying a fine. >> the citizen said you know what? i gave you money, no, you did not. the officer, the word of the officer against the word of the citizen, so now there's proof. >> but this is tijuana. the police department is known more for corruption than crime fighting. ask members of the force, and they will tell you the same thing. in a recent survey by the university of san diego, 80% admit corruption is a problem. one in four say that it's extreme. >> it's a little ironic because
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what you're saying, the cameras are designed to protect the officers, but yet there are all of these allegations against this police department for being so corrupt. and how does that work? >> the body cameras will show what these people are saying. people may say a lot of bad things, and what is there to prove that? well, we have body cameras, and now our police officers will show what the cameras are getting. >> is there interruption within the tiajuana police department. >> i think that there's corruption not only in this police department, it's all over the world. >> so that's what with you yu you know about, is there corruption there? >> let's remember one thing. back in the days, this was the highest agency of corruption, and right now, we're putting in place like the polygraph, the psychological caps, and that has -- >> are you dealing withing corruption within the police
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force, officers and the like? >> that's correct. >> still, lares doesn't say that the body cameraspart of the lan to cut down on corruption within the force, and it's a bit loose. so the officer is responsible for turning on the body camera, and you trust your officers to do that? >> yes, i do. >> are the officers at all able to erase the foot am from the camera in. >> yes. >> so the individual officer could erase the footage that they just took? >> yes, of course. >> victor clarke for human rights is also concerned. he said in theory, body cams are a good idea, but in practice, the tijuana implementation is all wrong. >> if they can change what they can film or record, we need to know those things, and need to know that they're using the cameras right.
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>> rules that the police chief admits are needed. >> if this type of program works, i will definitely push for our city councilmembers to buy different cameras, cameras in which the officer doesn't have access to the information that's videotaped. >> reporter: in a city where corruption is king, it's too early to tell if the body cameras will help to clean up the streets and the police force. how is the public reacting to the cameras? well, the police chief tells me that some tell him that they are worried their privacy may be violented. and one gentleman that we met in a coffee shop inty juan a. he says that he thinks the cameras are a good idea. in his city, the corruption goes both ways, and it will be neutral. but phoney, a lot needs to be worked out reward for implementation and protocol.
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>> jennifer left hand on, thank you much. ten years after the wrath of katrina, we sit down with the mayor of new orleans to see how it has been recovered. and we'll update along the colorado river where toxins flowed just two weeks ago.
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>> so one of the biggest issues on the campaign trail is immigration reform. and it happened in the last few days. the debate among the republican presidential candidates has been defined by donald trump. his plans to combat illegal immigration sparked a debate within his own party. >> i'm here to tell you why i'm running for president. >> on tuesday, amidst a discount at the state fair, marco rubio rained on donald trump's immigration reform. saying that it's impractical, and denying citizenship to their children born in the united states is a non-starter. >> we need a better approach to a very difficult complex issue.
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>> suggesting that immigration plans have not been serious is a shot at gop front runner, donald trump. trump has been framing key issues for the gop field. and over the weekend, when he rolled out a policy for immigration, he pretended to meet the press. >> you have to get rid of it, yes. >> reporter: soon after trump's declaration, bobby jindal, a lower-tiered presidential candidate, followed suit. we need to end birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants. and scott walker, a top tiered gop rival, i asked if he agrees. >> yes, absolutely, going forward. to me, it's about enforcing the laws of this country >> reporter: but birthright citizenship in this country is the law. the 4th amendment to the
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constitution says all persons born in the united states and subject to the jurisdiction there have, are citizens of the united states and the states in which they reside. courts rule that except for children of diplomats, anybody born on the u.s. soil is a citizen. and revising that would mean changing the constitution. getting 2/3 from the house and the senate, and eradication for 38 states. a pledge to undo something in the constitution is on the far end of extreme possibility. not all republican candidates agree with trump's idea. on top of florida senator, marco rubio, ohio senator, john kasich says that citizenship should be left alone. >> let them born here be citizens, and that's the end of it. >> but this donald trump-led republican primary, something
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that seems impossible doesn't mean that it's widely dismissed. trumpa's immigration plan includes building a wall in mexico and having mexico pay for it. though mexicans will not agree, scott walker said that it's also worth pursuing. the gop agenda as for now is largely being driven by donald trump. david schuster, aljazeera. >> turns out that the candidates in the united states, there are just two or three countries that recognize birthright citizenship. the constitution guarantees that any child born on american soil is a u.s. citizen, even if the child's parents are from another country. and dozens of other countries on the western hemisphere also recognize birthright citizenship, but most european and african and asian nations do not.
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there's a boat race right now, celebrating the recovery of the waterway after a toxic sludge from a former mining sight was let into the river. and they want to convince others that the river is safe. jacob ward is on the river in colorado. jake. >> reporter: tony, it's an amazing scene to be here. you wouldn't know that this place was a vivid toxic orange two weeks ago, and the residents have come out and the spirits are high in one sense, but they're mixed in another. here's the leader of the boating community here, described the purpose of this parade when we spoke to him. >> the parade, this is our celebration a little bit. i mean it's not so much of a celebration. but it's really more like the wake. the river is not dead, but we're getting together and we have had a rough week. it took a big emotional toll on
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the town. >> tony, the mixed feelings are everywhere in the community right now, and there's a lot more going on than the question of it being a dirty day on the river or not. there are 230 mines in the state of colorado that the officials say are already leaking enough toxic materials as the spill every two days, and there are 23,000 mines across the state, most of which they have no idea of the condition. so when you think of the dangers of that, there's no way of knowing. no way to monitor it, and it's scary. and it's scary when you think of how lucky the community got the moment that this spill happened. this river feeds into ground water wal aquifers up and down e
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river, and it happened that the conditions were such that the water was going the other way from the aquifers into the at the time that this happened. and if it had been going the other way, it would have been a very scary thing. >> if you would had water going from the river into the adjacent aquifer, then it would carry along the heavy metals of concern into the aquifer, and those would get incorporated into the plants and the animals that eat those plants, and that would be a concern. >> there's a very clear sense that everyone is ready to get back on the river, the mainstay of the community, but at the same time, even casual boating, they have a sense that something is very wrong in the animass basin of california. >> this week, companies and environmentists. finish more on oil, gas, and
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the politics of drilling and emissions, let's go to aljazeera. ali velshi. >> that was well said. yesterday, the permission to drill in the arctic, shell agreed to stop exploration in 2012 after mechanical failures. it has since obtained permits, and if it does find oil or gas, and there is oil and gas up there, it's going to get more permits, and that could take up to a decade to arrange. but environmentalists like the sierra club is crying foul. it says that president obama is reneging on change, and global warming and that's why the epa said today, the first ever restrictions on methane. into the environment, the producers often flair the releases, it goes out there, and they try to burn it off.
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but they could instead collect the excess methane and sell it as natural gas, and that's what it would's proposal would require them to do. but instead of collecting it instead of burning it off costs money, and energy companies are getting hit with falling oil and gas prices. this is the one time in a decade that they're not feeling particularly flush, so you have the environmentalists angry, and the oil and gas. >> what are the politics here? >> well, we have seen it over the last couple of years with keystone x. exploration and selling of oil, which has been band for mt. . and president obama has taken a middle ground approach to energy and the environment. last morning the epa gave restrictions for power and now new restrictions for methane
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restrictions. from fracking, frackers are smaller producers that don't spend to collect those release. the president has encouraged more methane production, and that comes from frack being. and on the arctic side, that's consistent with that goal. and the timing of the back-to-back announcement looks weird. on the campaign trail, hilliary clinton broke with the president over the arctic, and she said, "the arctic is a unique treasure, and given when we know, it's not worth the risk. and now the gop is attacking hilliary clinton from this, but she has received praise from green peace and other democrats. so there's a lot of politics involved here when it comes to oil. energy is has been one of the sectors that created jobs since the recision, so everybody wants to be careful about not crushing it too hard. >> landing in court on a first
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amendment charge, so we'll explain it tonight. >> ali velshi, thank you, brother. you can watch him on aljazeera america. a week from saturday marks ten years since hurricane katrina made landfall, and coming back to a noticeable shift in the demographics. jonathan talked to the mayor of that city, and what did he have to say to you? >> reporter: many people know that new orleans has long been considered a majority african-american city, and it still is ten years after hurricane katrina, but many will say that there has been a noticeable demographic shift. there are more white millennials, and families, and fewer african-americans. so the population went from 70%
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afternoon everyonafrican-americ. >> what do you think accounts for that shift? >> well, first of all, the city before the storm was majority minority, and after the storm, it's majority minority. the numbers have shifted somewhat, but i don't call it a dramatic shift. and what happened after the storm, people from all over the world who came here to help us, who were more than welcome, wound up staying, and it moved the numbers around just a bit. new orleans is not materially a different city than it was just before the storm. new orleans is not just about race, but it's about deep history, within the classifications of african-american and white, and vietnamese and hispanic, and you have a bunch of reit regs of a bunch of stuff. and we use the analogy of being a gumbo, and we still have. >> reporter: but isn't it worth noting that close to
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100,000 african-americans before katrina are no longer here? and we spoke to cabinet rel and she said that many of the lower income black families haven't come back, and they haven't been able to rebuild. and the money they have received hasn't been able to complete the building process. >> let's make sure that we get the numbers right. anybody from new orleans who hasn't come back should please come back. it would be great to have everybody back, blacks, whites, and all people. but technically to the city, right now, the metropolitan area of the city, and this is not unlike what's happening all over the country, people are moving into the suburbs, and we have actually 95% of the people who wanted to come back, back. so the folks who didn't move into the intercity are living by choice, parishes that ring the city of new orleans, and that's really what the country knows and we know as the city of new orleans.
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>> and tony, some have also suggested that a sign of the shifting demographics, landrieu is the first white mayor in 30 years in new orleans so. coming up in the next hour, we'll be talking to the mayor about other issues, including recovery ten years later, and perhaps the biggest issue facing new orleans, violent crime, and that's coming up in the next hour. >> so jonathan, i understand that there are developments, a pretty nasty scandal from hilliary clinton. and what is that? >> yes, a lot of people will remember perhaps the biggest scandal to follow hurricane katrina, following the new orleans police department. and the district circuit court of appeals has ruled that the five police officers in the bridge case, they will get a new pril. that was the case where the police officers shot and killed two unarmed men and wounded several others, and that led to
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a big coverup, as we remember within the new orleans police department. those officers were convicted, you might remember, but then a judge threw out their convictions, several years ago, found that the prosecutors, what the judge felt were inflammatory comments online during the trial. that's not what the families wanted. they wanted to see the convictions restored. but the district court of appeals has ruled that the officers will get a new trial, but they will remain in police custody. >> jonathan martin, thank you. it has never been done before. two women successfully completed one of the toughest u.s. training programs there is with the military
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>> the food and drug administration has just approved the first drug designed to boost women's sex drive. this new prescription drug has been nickname the pink pill. and the medication will come with a warning that using it with alcohol can cause dangerously low blood pressure and fainting. under fire, facing
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political pressure, planned parenthood has fired back after attempts to discredit it'spition. >> i work add planned parenthood was i really believe in educating women. >> planned parenthood is fighting back after one of the biggest assaults in its history. the film shows them selling fetal tissue from bargains. the video is produced by an anti-abortion rights group, led to calls on capitol hill, meant to shut down planned parenthood altogether, and now the group is fighting back with a pricey media campaign, with a six-figure broadcast on tuesday, and it will run in the fakes of four republican senators. one aired for the first time today. >> first, he voted to defund
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planned parenthood, risking be healthcare for millions of women. >> reporter: the ads argue that the group's opponents are trying to starve planned parenthood of federal money. >> now republicans want to shut down the federal government to block funding for planned planned. planned parenthood. >> similars, ron johnson in wisconsin, and rob important man in ohio. planned parenthood has already launched a social media campaign, with the hashtag stand with pp. and it's -- the group is running a national digital add campaign, urging people to call congress. after the hidden camera videos assuranced. four of the states have cleared the group of any wrongdoing,
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but groups opposed to abortion rights say that it's not fading, and with more undercover video promised by the center for medical progress is not going away. >> now the state has hired it's first transgender staff member. he will serve as the outreach and recruitment director for personnel. for the lgbt community. two american women are making u.s. military history. about to be the first soldiers to pass the grueling ranger course. ranger school is considered one of the most difficult courses to develop elite soldiers. back in april, nine women ban to train, and now two of them will wear the ranger symbols on their uniforms. >> reporter: tony, the army
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is keeping the pioneering women under wraps before they meet on thursday, a day before they graduate. but women across the military are watching them with interest to see how many women will be able to follow the trail they're blazing. major angela scott is expecting to have to it scale thank you abscles. and she wants to be able to show she can be all that she can be. >> it's something that i'm very passionate. not equality and being given what you want. but an opportunity to try for something that you believe in. >> reporter: when she heard that the army would open its elite army training to women for the first time, she had to go for t. >> it's one of the greatest experiences that i've had, and it caused me to dig deep into myself, mentally and emotionally and physical. >> scott was one of the 26 women to try out for ranger
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school, but she only made it through eight days ago of the screening process. >> what was the hardest part. >> absolutely mental. it's mental. i wasn't prepared, and i thought it would be. >> the 36-year-old scott didn't make it to the mountains of new york or swamps of florida, where two younger officers made history by doing everything that the men did. and if combat jobs are closed to women, that idea that if you can meet the same standard if you can do the same job is gaining a lot of momentum. >> what i see is your gender ends up not mattering, but what matters is what you bring to the table and what you're capable of doing. that was my personal experiences, but it's about who you are, and not what you are. >> just before he stepped out, the army chief of staff said that he thought that was right. >> if they can meet ther standard, that's how we want to
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operate as we move forward. >> reporter: and the navy's second in command, herself a trail blazing woman, agrees that sending the right qualifications and everyone meeting them is the key to integration. >> we already have experience with occupational standards, so each has serve and rescue swimmers, and they have to be able to swim in the deep blue ocean, and those standards didn't change because women came to the force. >> the navy has opened up almost all of its jobs to women, including women on ballistic submarines, but so far no women have been able to train for navy seals, and so far no women have made it through the marines infantry school either. it's just an experiment, to test the hypothesis, that if women can perform at the same as men without any accommodation, they should be able to serve alongside men in the u.s. military.
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the two women who made it through the army ranger school is one fact that the defense secretary will consider when he decides next year if any job will remain off-limits in the military. >> john seigenthaler is here. >> coming up at 8:00 tonight, the young, all american couple accused of planning to run away and join isil? we're going to take a closer look at the investigation, and talk to a man who knows one of the suspects very well. plus. >> there's nothing, i was 100% exhausted, through university to obtain a degree, and it's not worth the paper that it's printed on. >> injured in the army, trying to launch a new career, one man's fight to get back the benefits that he lost paying for a worthless degree in college. and the movie, "straight
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out of compton." why there's anger why some in the media aren't covering the hiphop film. in six minutes. >> a new type of book could help millions of people around the worldscales clean and safe drinking water. researchers have developed an innovative new way to sanitize and filter water using the book's pages. gabriel explains. >> reporter: it's a book like no other. not to read, but to save live. it's called the drinkable book. it's pages are made from technologically advanced paper, with particles that kill water-born diseases like e. coli, imagine it being coffee filters in a book. here's how it works. each paper or filter can be torn out of the book, and the paper is slid into a specially
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designed filter box, and safe drinking water comes out. >> at the end of the day, the most important thing in this technology project is the it. >> it was developed by a chemist. >> we're testing these filter papers in a few different countries, and we just evaluated the water quality before and after filtration in south africa, ghana, and bangella desh. what i reported on, the filters have also been tested in haiti and kenya. and the results were that 99.9 of the bacteria were killed by the papers, which is basically as good as tap water. >> more than 500 million people don't have access to clean water, and more than 800,000 people die each year from drinking water that's unsafe, according to a new report by
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the world health organization. this is a water filter sold at many camping stores, and it's used by backpackers, but just one of these costs $38, and that's too expensive for people to afford. but even ceramic filters made specifically for communities in need often can cost just about the same. that's where this comes n the book can be produced for less than $5. each filth enter the book costs 10 cents, and it can filter 100 liters of water, enough for one person for 30 days. it hasn't gone into mass production yet. they teamed with others to fundraise to get it off the ground. they think that the drinkable book could solve all of the problems. and it's just one more step to get people who need it clean water. aljazeera. >> and that's all of our time for the news hour. thank you for being with us, i'm tony harris, and john is
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back in a couple of minutes, have a great evening.
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>> hi everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john seigenthaler. >> deployed soldiers are called up to battle the devastating wildfires in the west. we'll have the latest. those joining isil. >> always polite. insightful, not radical in any