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they also know it works, why not see how far you can go with it. >> serious issue, serious discussion years back, ramped up again by donald trump, now, here we are that we can just slap his birth certificate on mugs and t-shirts and all laugh about it now. joe johns, we appreciate you. good to see you as always, buddy, thank you so much. >> you, too. >> i appreciate you hanging with me here in the cnn newsroom. i will be back with you here tomorrow. right now it's wolf. the former head of the international monetary fund is get out of jail at this hour. next, the terms and praise of his bail and what happens in this high-profile case in new york? plus, president obama says the u.s. had has an indes spencible role in creating change for the middle east. we will get more on the controversial ways he is pushing
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the israelis and the palestinians to make peace. a new lead on a famous cold case, the deadly tainting of tylenol capsules back in 1982. the fbi wants dna samples from one of the nation's most notorious killers. i'm wolf blitzer, your senate situation room. breaking news this hour, a new york supreme court judge's decision to grant bail to dominique strauss-kahn. the former head of the international monetary fund has to pay $1 million in cash and post as 5 million bond to get out of rikers island jail where he has been held since his arrest over the weekend. defense lawyers disputed prosecutors' claims that strauss-kahn is a flight risk. >> a great relief for the family
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to be able to have him [ inaudible ] >> the complainant in this case has offered a compelling and unwavering story about what occurred in the defendant's room.she made immediate outcries to multiple witnesses, both to hotel staff and police. the quick response to the hotel staff and law enforcement did help apprehend the defendant before his flight to france took off. >> let's get to analysis from jeffrey toobin. fact that the indictment came so to quickly after this woman's grand jury testimony what does that say to you? >> it says that the new york
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district attorney does not have any doubt about whether this case should proceed. they feel they have a case they can win in front of a jury. they feel like dominique strauss-kahn is looking at many, many years in prison and certainly looks like this case will go to trial. >> the seven counts in the indictment, i will put them up on the screen for you and viewers, criminal sexual act, another criminal sexual act, attempt to commit rape, sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, sexual abuse, forcible touching, seven counts, some mismean but also felonies, obviously, potentially if convicted on all of those counts, he spend a long time in jail. >> the top count here the same facts are behind all of these charges, which is a sexual assault. in new york state, like every state in the united states that
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is a very serious crime. people go away for many years in new york state prison if they are convicted. >> yesterday when you broke the news here "the situation room," jeff, that he could be released as early as today on bail, i got tweets from followers on twitter no way should this guy be allowed on the street. explain why the judge decided, yes it would be appropriate to let him await trial free on bail. >> well what he said was dominique strauss-kahn is presumed innocent at the moment. so this isn't about the strength of the case against him. this is about whether he is a risk of flight. and his attorneys put forward frankly what i thought was a compelling package of guarantees that strauss-kahn will show up, $1 million in cash, a $5 million bond. that is a promise to pay $5 million more if he disappears, most importantly 24-hour house
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arrest with electronic monitoring. i think the district attorney was very hard-pressed to argue that given all of those guarantees, that strauss-kahn was a genuine risk of flight and i think the jim made a genuine understanding to release him on those conditions. >> more on the breaking news later this hour and next, but jeffrey, thanks very much. another huge story we are following today, president obama's big speech on the middle east. he says that in the midst of an historic outcry for freedom and after the death of the world's most wanted terrorist, america must seize this moment of opportunity. >> those shouts of human dignity are being heard across the region. and through the moral force of nonviolence, the people of the region have achieved more change in six months than terrorists have accomplished in decades. >> in his speech today over at the state department, the president promised u.s. support
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for reform across the middle east and north africa and that includes a $2 billion financial aid package to help egypt, struggling after fall of president mubarak as well as tunisia. mr. obama had strong words on the crackdown of anti-government protestors in syria. he said president bashar al assad can lead the transition or, and i'm quoting the president right now, "get out of the way." . >> the syrian government must stop shooting demonstrators and allow peaceful protests. it must release political prisoners and stop unjust arrests. it must allow human rights monitors to have access to cities like dara. and start a serious dialogue to advance a democratic transition. otherwise, president assad and had his regime will continue to be challenged from within and will continue to be isolated abroad. so far, syria has followed its
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iranian ally, seeking assistance from tehran in the tactics of suppression. and this speaks to the hypocrisy of the iranian regime, which says it stands for the rights of protesters abroad, yet represses its own people at home. >> the president says the uprisings in the middle east make peace talk between the israelis and palestinians more urgent than ever. let's bring in our foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty, over at the state department for us. this part of the speech causing a bit of a stir already, jill? >> reporter: it is, wolf, a little history lesson here. you know, with the previous president, george w. bush, israel had a friend in the white house because mr. bush rejected that idea of going back to the 1967 borders. in fact, in a letter to former israeli prime minister ariel sharon, he said that settlements create a reality on the ground. the obama administration says that was never official u.s.
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policy and today, president obama took that a step further. it's an idea the u.s. has support unofficially for years, but no president has ever before stated it as policy. >> the borders of israel and palestine should be based on the 1967 lines, with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states. >> reporter: in return, obama called on the palestinians to guarantee israel's security and recognize its identity as a jewish state. those 1967 borders were in place before the six-day war in which israel captured the golan heights, the sinai peninsula, the west bank and the gaza strip from its neighbors. since then, nearly half a million israeli jews have settled in those areas and giving that land took create a palestinian state is an idea that israel rejects. mr. obama's statement puts pressure on israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu on
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the eve of a high-profile visit to the united states. immediately after speech, netanyahu called the idea indefensible. but mr. obama had plenty to anger the palestinians, too, calling for a nonmilitarized palestinian state, criticizing the palestinian ownity agreement between fatah and extremist group, hamas, and trying to head off their plans to seek recognition at the u.n. general assembly. >> symbolic actions to isolate israel at the united nations in september won't create an independent state. >> reporter: the reaction was positive but they had a key question. >> what would be the american role in getting mr. netanyahu to accept this? >> reporter: the president's balancing act gave a little to each side but one observer says mr. obama may have been too careful not to stick his neck out. >> i think he didn't want to displease any particular constituency but what that meant was he wasn't going to take a lot of risks and when you're not
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following take risks on the middle east, you are probably not going to make a lot of news. >> reporter: and mr. obama will have two more chances this week, wolf to define his policy on the middle east. he will be meeting with prime minister netanyahu tomorrow at the white house and then he also has a big speech before the jewish lobbying group apec. and wolf, the only problem is even as the president was deliver they can major speech here at the state department, israel announced approval of more construction settlements, another sign that the peace process is in real trouble. >> see how those talks go tomorrow between the president and the prime minister. thank you, jill, for that. jack cafferty was listening closely to what the president said. jack is here with the cafferty file. jack? >> president obama had a message for middle east nations in his much-behind speech today at the state department. if you promote reform and choose democracy, we will help you financially. well, that's great, we can borrow some more money from china and give it away to the middle east.
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just brilliant n a sweeping speech that applauded reforms and condemned the use of force by middle east dictators against protesters, the president said this is not just about handouts but encouraging democracy, this in a part of the world where most people can't even spell democracy. he also said, "it's important to focus on trade, not just aid and investment not just assistance." the president announced the united states will give economic aid to middle eastern and north african countries that transition to democracy. he also said the u.s. will encourage investment in those regions. president obama said the united states is prepared to forgive egypt of $1 billion in debt and that we will help that country regain access to markets, as a democracy, by guaranteeing $1 billion additional in borrowing. egypt has an unemployment rate of about 30%. the majority of egypt's population sudden earth age of 30. it's a noble gesture, to be sure, but we've got a few
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problems, economically speaking, right here at home. high unemployment, mounting debt, the inability of congress to agree on anything there are people here in the united states who could use some help. and we're broke. flat broke. here's the question. is now the time to increase aid to the middle east? go to, post a comment on my blog. >> i think a lot of people would like to see some of the oil-rich arab states, whether the saudis, uae,calitier, kuwait, come in and help with aid for egypt and tunisia, other countries as well. >> how much money do you think mubarak got out of town with? >> he is some place under house arrest some place. >> billions and billions of u.s. taxpayer dollars. >> oh, yeah. >> in his pocket. >> over the years, a lot of money. >> yes, ma'am yes. >> fair point. >> so i mean, come on. >> thank you. we heard president obama's new warning to syria's president but how long is the u.s. willing to wait for bashar al assad to
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get out of the way? i will ask the united states ambassador to the united nations, susan rice. and harsh new comments about the president by an african-american scholar and former supporter who is now questioning whether the president of the united states is black enough. ♪ ♪ one, two, three, four ♪ you say ♪ flip it over and replay ♪ we'll make everything okay ♪ walk together the right way ♪ do, do, do, do you can do this... get the ball, girl. hmmm, you can't do that.
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leaders around the world listened very, very closely to president obama's speech about the middle east today, including top diplomats over at the united nations. and joining us now from the state department, the united states ambassador to the united nations, susan rice. ambassador, thanks very much for coming in. >> good to be with you, wolf. >> a big day the president delivering major, major speech, let's get through some of the specifics, referring to your job in particular. he said symbolic actions to isolate israel at the united nations in september wouldn't create an independent palestinian state. dog that mean, that, you're trying to avoid any general assembly resolution on a palestinian state? >> wolf, obviously, as the president said, you can't vote a
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state simply by passing a resolution in the general assembly a palestinian state to which the president reity it ter rated his commitment living side by side with the state of israel can only be accomplished through director in,s which is why the president took the historic step of framing, from a u.s. point of view, two of the core principles that ought to guide those negotiations and encouraging the parties to return to the negotiating table as soon as possible to begin negotiating on the principle of security for israel and a palestinian state based on much ly agreed swaps on the '67 lines n new york, wolf, as you know at the u.n., there is a bit of a head of steam building for a resolution that would be designed to declare a palestinian state. but you cannot create a state through a piece of paper, we will not be supportive of efforts that seek to bypass the very crucial and critical step of great negotiations.
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>> the united states will vote against any such united nations general assembly resolution? >> we have been very clear, wolf, that you -- we are not going to support efforts in new york or geneva or elsewhere to bypass the absolute necessity of the two parties negotiating between himself to establish this two-state outcome which is so crucial for israel, for the palestinian people and our interests and the region. >> remind me back in february when you raised your hand to veto a united nations security council resolution that base called on the israelis to freeze settlement activity which the united states wants them to do. why did you veto that resolution? >> well, we have been clear for decades, wolf that on the part of the united states government that we don't accept the legitimacy of continued settlement activity, but we oppose that resolution for the very same reason that i just described. we cannot resolve crucial final status issues that can only be dealt with through direct
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negotiations bypassing those direct negotiations and coming to the security council and the general assembly. it doesn't work. as a practical matter, these are core, tough issues that have been thought for decades and they can only be resolved through direct negotiations, that's why i was instructed to cast that veto and did so. >> let's talk about the syrian leader, bashar al assad, how much time does he have to be involved in a transition to democracy before the obama administration says to him what it said to mubarak in egypt what it says to gadhafi in libya that it's over, time to go? >> the president was very, very clear today on syria and said that bash shar assad has to leave this transition right away to a credible democracy or get out of the way. we have been very, very clear in condemning the violence that has been perpetrated by the syrian government against its own people and laying out very specifically the steps that the syrian government must take if
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it is to show that it's ready and willing to lead to a genuine transition. yesterday, we added to the already very substantial sanctions that we have in place on syria by designating president assad himself and those closest to him violators of human rights and freezing their assets. so, these are very significant steps and they show that the patience of the syrian people is running out, the patience of the international community is running out and assad has to act and act swiftly and do the right things or, as the president said, he will find himself only increasingly isolated. >> define swiftly, how much time does he have? >> i can't give you a timeframe, wolf what you can see with the violence intensifying, the people becoming much more rested, the international community, led by the united states, making very clear this is not the behavior befitting a credible government, and imposing additional sanctions, time is short and assad needs to prove that he will either lead a credible transition or as the
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president said, get out of the way. >> tell us why it's in america's interests, even at these tough economic times, to be providing billions of dollars in economic assistance to egypt. and tunisia while cutting so much spending here at home? >> well, wolf, we are obviously deeply and responsibly committed to reducing spending in this country and trimming our deficit, but that doesn't mean that we have the ability to simply walk away from the world and not invest in crucial opportunities like the president outlined today that are transsnirgt vital region of the middle east and north africa t matters enormously to american national security and our national interests that the democratic transitions under way in egypt and tunisia are still young and still fragile succeed. and our ability to invest through debt relief in the case of egypt, trade agreements in the case of egypt. and tunisia and additional forms of effort to spur private sector
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investment are crucial to shoring up and helping to give foundation to those democratic transitions. that's in our national interest. and as the president said, we will make those investments, make them wisely, frugally but do so because it matters to our national security. >> ambassador rice, good luck. >> thank you very much. good to be with you. >> later in the situation room, we will speak with tony blair you can the former british prime minister, who is a special envoy to the region. stand by for that meanwhile, congresswoman gabrielle giffords gets a good report from doctors after surgery to replace part of her skull. she is getting well -- getting well wishes from outer space as well. and cnn in depth, where the jobs are. a field where some ph.d.s are applying for factory jobs. curtis: welcome back to geico radio, it's savings, on the radio. gecko: and the next caller is doug from chico. doug: oh...hey thereey...! gecko: you sound like a happy n. i wrote a song about it. gecko: alright, let's hear it!
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development along the mississippi river as it continues to overflow. lisa sylvester is monitoring that and other top stories in "the situation room." what is going on right now? >> first, the swollen mississippi river claimed the first reported life in the state bearing its name. a 69-year-old man died after being pulled from floodwaters near vicksburg, mississippi. the river crested there at
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historic height, thousands of homes destroyed, including the governor's lake house. meanwhile, there are new concerns the massive flooding, coupled with dry weather in other parts of the country, well that could hit you hard at the grocery store this summer. planting conditions for wheat and corn are currently suffering and prices for both crops are on the rise. doctors have nicknamed congresswoman giffords gorgeous gaby following a nearly four-hour surgery to replace a part of her skull shattered when she was shot in the head. the procedure is expected to improve her recovery. giffords' husband, nasa astronaut mark kelly is comma commanding the "endeavour's" final mission in space and described her condition in an interview with pbs. >> i had the chance at the end of the day to call her mom and her chief of staff and my brother periodically through the -- as the surgery was going on and she is doing really well. everything went as planned. her neurosurgeons are very
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happy. she is recuperating and she is actually getting back to therapy today. so it went really, really well. >> we are so happy to hear that and this foot note, at the end of that interview, take a look, you can see the astronauts having a little bit of fun, they were performing, a group somersault from space, literally doing cartwheels in space. >> very cool. we wish them only success. thank you. a leading african-american activist who once fiercely backed president obama now taking issue with president obama and his race. ahead, why he says the president is "a black puppet." plus, new concerns president obama could be on the brink of breaking the law if that deadly military mission in libya continues. what's going on? dana bash is on capitol hill to explain. [ male announcer ] in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars
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just getting this in from our senior ed henry, there has been a deal, a deal worked out with the congressional leadership that would ex-send the patriot act for another four years, according to ed's sources, the deal has the backing of the house speaker, john boehner, the senate majority leader, harry reid, the senate minority leader, mitch mcconnell. move the would largely take this whole issue off the table through the next election, extending it well beyond november 2012. the patriot act under a lot of controversy from the liberal left over the recent years for
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some of the steps that's been taken. we are going to assess this in a moment, right now with our strategy session, joining us, roland martin, cnn contributor, also contributor, form speechwriter david prum, editor of prum what do you think about this deal that apparently has been worked out according to ed henry's source? >> the patriot act, review it as a piece of temporary legislation. i don't think anybody want it is to be a permanent ongoing part of american life. with the killing of bin laden, we hope to see a huge reduction in the threat from al qaeda and we can look forward to a time when we normalize some of these emergency regulations. so a time limb submit a good thing. >> a lot of people don't like it. >> we have to do certain things
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to be sure that americans are protected. when something happens, people say why didn't they do more. >> what did you think of the president's speech? >> extraordinarily cautious speech but represents a huge move away from the bo barack obama of the campaign. into the president who is going to meet with ahmadinejad anymore and not friendly with assad anymore. the president, who was understanding of america's enemies is not so understanding n many ways this is a speech that sounded a lot like the bush second inaugural but edited with a lot of the excesses removed. that's, i think, a good thing. i think there were also some very sharp warnings for a number of regional leaders, including the palestinian leader mahmoud abbas, told this plan he has got of forcing this issue at the u.n., the united states is not going to be behind him on that and didn't sound like a man in a great hurry.
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>> susan rice the ambassador of the united nations, saying the u.s. won't support this resolution to call for -- at the general assembly calling for a palestinian state. >> do you have to take certain steps, baby steps first and i think the president to sit here and say let's look at those 1967 lines and we have to confront the reality that, look, we could keep talking about this back and forth, but you have to have some stability when it comes to the palestinians and the israelis. so both sides are going to have to give and so the president should be challenging them, we can't keep having the same dialogue every single year, start stop, start, stop. there has to be progress. >> he said it is more than he won't support this act. of course the united states wouldn't support this said to the palestinians, if you proceed, there's going to be consequences. what he also said, he endorsed the key idea of prime minister netanyahu, issue is not where is the border, the issue is security of the behavior of the israelis on the other side of that bothered, doesn't matter a quarter mile this way or that way if there are rockets finding into ben-gurion airport. >> involving this controversy
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involving cornel west? >> a little bit. >> prince ton university scholar, who was a major supporter of president obama but recently said this listen to this "he said, i think by my dear brother, barack obama, has a certain fear of free black men. it is understandable. as a young brother who grows up in a white context, brilliant african father, he has always had to fear being a white man with black skin. all he has known culturally is white. when he meets an independent black brother it is frightening." >> i won't say frightening. the president met me on many occasions, i can certainly say i'm free and independent. here is what you have here. this is a very complex issue that is taking place and that is you have individuals like dr. west who are driving this whole issue of saying what more are you doing when it comes to the poor, the disenfranchised, critical of economic policies, saying more should be done. and so then you have others who do meet with the president, civil rights leaders and they also have a much different view. among african-americans, they are protective of this president, do not like criticism of the president because they
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say, look, he is getting criticized like everybody else, everything else, birth certificate is he a christian. so, why should african-americans contribute to this in the real issue is from a policy standpoint. look, the white house will say, we want to be -- we should be doing more as well, laying out -- these are things that we have done, but this is the problem -- when it becomes personal, people then begin to turn you off. >> personal. listen to this he also says this is professor cornel west, a very distinguished scholar at princeton. said of the president of the united states, "he is a black mascot of wall street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats." i don't know what it is about this president to make everybody feel like an amateur psychoanalyst. why can't you say i don't like the stimulus plan without staying has to do with this relationship with his father and whether that is some people saying that his father was too black or other people saying had his mother was too white, that everyone acts like these important economic decisions, for good or for ill are to be taken into the realm of psychobabble.
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that he is a just wrong. i think one of the things we saw in this middle east speech was this president is operating on the liberal side of the american mainstream and that's where american presidents operate. if you don't like there are a lot of ways to play that game of politics. >> part of the problem here is that and i was critical of this, and that is too many people trying to associate the election of president barack obama with dr. martin luther king jr. president obama is a politician. dr. king was a prophetic leader, different responsibilities, different roles. people say he is not the black president. the reality is he is the black president, the hispanic president, he is the rural, the city, he is a social conservative president, different constituents look at him to get different things, do have african-americans saying, look, got 95% of the black vote should had be a return on our investments, hispanics said the same thing. i believe when you begin to make it personal, when you begin to talk about not getting inauguration ticket, the problem there is people begin to turn you off and the issue should be if you want to be critical of
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the president, a matter of tone but also be specific about policy, not person. >> all right, guys, unfortunately, not got leave it there, not going to leave this story, a source of some discussion. >> i have dr. west on my sunday morning show on tv one. >> fascinating to watch. thanks for coming. president obama's critics say he is at risk of actually breaking the law. we are going to tell you why, what it could mean for u.s. military intervention in libya. also learning more about the woman who had arnold schwarzenegger's child out of wedlock. stand by to hear what her neighbors are saying. d, like e. but to be successful, i knew i had to be different. ink, ink, ink, ink, ink... i mean i love that card. it does things differently too. great customer service, going above and beyond to help me out as a small business. it's accepted in twice as many places around the world as american express, and if i ever need to give my employees ink cards, they're free. announcer: make your mark with ink. chase what matters. go to
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in libya, crowds danced and cheered in the streets of
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tripoli in support of moammar gadhafi. it was in response to state tv reports that libyan rebels are losing stronghold in benghazi. but cnn journalists there say they haven't seen a sign of a counterrevolution. libya is answering questions about possible defections within gadhafi's family as well. reuters reporting the country's foreign minister denying gadhafi's wife and daughter have fled to neighboring tunisia. this, as president obama had some very harsh words for the libyan regime had. >> the most extreme example is libya, where moammar gadhafi launched a war against his own people, promising to hunt them down like rats. as i said when the united states joined an international coalition to intervene, we cannot prevent every injustice perpetrated by a regime against its people. and we have learned from our experience in iraq just how costly and difficult it is to try to impose regime change by force, no matter how well-intentioned it may be.
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but in libya, we saw the prospect of imminent massacre. we had a mandate for action and heard the libyan people's call for help. >> a short while ago, a libyan government spokesperson allegedly called president obama, i'm quoting this libyan official as saying president obama is delusional, adding that on the libyan people can decide moammar gadhafi's fated. president obama also getting some heat for members of congress, at least some of them about u.s. military action in libya, let's bringing in our senior congressional correspondent dana bash with this part of the story. dana? >> reporter: wolf, you know there are few things that bring together the left and the right these day bus lawmakers in both parties are telling us that as of tomorrow, president obama could be violating the law with military action in libya. u.s. military marx libya began 59 days ago. now, the president may be on the
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brink of breaking the law if he continues the mission without congressional approval. >> bring democracy to libya while shredding the constitution of the united states. >> reporter: at issue, the 1973 water powers act which says if the president does not get congressional authorization 60 days after military action, the mission must stop within 30 days. the president formally notified congress about this mission in the this letter march 21st which makes tomorrow the 60-day deadline. inaction is roiling lawmakers on the left. >> he cannot continue what's doing in libya without congressional authorize zig and when a president defiantly violates the law that really undercuts our effort to urge other countries to have the rule of law. >> reporter: with rare agreement from the right. >> i mean, no more important decision than sending someone to war who could lose their life and yet we are going to have no debate on it in the people's representatives would not be
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allowed a debate on it? i found that really appalling and it is a terrible precedent. >> reporter: to be sure, presidents in both parties ignored another part of the war power act that commander in chief should get congressional approval before military action but it is virtually undprentsed for a president to continue a mission beyond 60 days without a resolution from congress. the administration is deliberating what to do >> we are actively reviewing our role going forward. throughout, the president has been mindful of the provisions of the war powers resolution and has acted in a manner consistent with it. he will continue to do so. >> reporter: angry lawmakers in both parties say part of the problem is that their own congressional leaders are not raising a stink. >> very few people are talking about this. they are just letting the president do whatever he wants and i think that's congress abdic stating the rule of will you and abdicating constitutional restraints they should obey. >> some of my colleagues would just as soon not do our job because this is a difficult part of it.
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>> reporter: now, with the clock ticking toward tomorrow's 60-day deadline, the administration could try to get around violating the war powers act in a few ways, wolf. they could argue that the u.s. only has a minor role in what is nato's mission. they could say that the u.s. will temporarily stop involvement there and then try to restart that 60-day countdown. they do even ask for an extension, but some republicans we talked to say it is time for the supreme court to act. the supreme court has actually never ruled on the war powers act and maybe it is time for them to do that. >> u.s. military already spent nearly $1 billion trying to deal with this situation in libya. >> they have. >> dana, thanks very much. three journalists freed by libyan officials crossed into neighboring tunisia today. the location of the fourth journalist released yesterday is not clear. the four were captured and imprisoned by the libyan military over a month ago and originally sentenced to prison for a year. libyan government spokesman said they were released early after paying a fine for entering the country illegally. we are following the breaking news, the ex-imf chief
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dominique strauss-kahn just granted bail, facing a number of alleged sexual assault charges against a hotel maid. we are going back to the courthouse for a live report. also this, ph.d.s being forced to apply for factory jobs in a race to find work acnn in depth report. that's coming up. [ male announcer ] in 2011, at&t is at work, building up our wireless network all across america. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people in more places than ever before in an effort to give you the best network possible. at&t. rethink possible. [ male announcer ] there's just something about werther's caramel that makes a chocolate so smooth and creamy, you don't just taste it, you feel it. ♪ magic [ male announcer ] werther's original caramel chocolate. what comfort tastes like.
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all this had week, cnn is showing americans were the jobs r these fortune 500 companies have the biggest job growth last year, expanding their workforce by 20% or more. apple gained 12,600 jobs, fuelled by demand for the i phone and the ipad. the online retailer, amazon, added 9400 positions and had the
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biggest percentage increase of any of these firms, a whopping 39%. the las vegas sands hotel and casino company also on the list of top job hirers along with online giant google, clothingmaker levy strauss, the natural gas and oil firm chesapeake energy and the government-backed lender, m mae. for now in our in-depth look at where the jobs are, let's turn to cnn's mary snow. she has more useful information. >> we took a look at a company on a much smaller scale. one 60-year-old new hire put it looked to green jobs because it is the future. as we found out with one green energy company that is small but expanding, it is not always easy to fill the jobs. at one company boasting of cutting edge green technology, it is not just the machinery being reinvented. it is the people, too. take brett. the recession forced him to shut his financial services business. unemployed he landed a job in business development at flex
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energy where he is now the one doing the hire. >> everything we posed we literally received thousands of responses within the first day. i have to tell you, as an employer, it really -- it is -- gut-wrenching at times because you get to see the effect our country has gun through that affected millions of pieces. >> reporter: decades of experience, applying for jobs far below their skill sets. on the manufacturing side, another challenge is the lack of skills among applicants. mark is in charge of manufacturing at the company's site in portsmouth, new hampshire. it seems like you are in a unique situation where you have jobs but you couldn't fill them. >> in the past, yes. we really struggled to find the right candidates for -- our job openings. >> reporter: he plans to hiring about 20 people in coming months to expand manufacturing of systems that can convert waste into clean energy. >> due to the technical complex
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nature of the work it is hard to find people a direct match for our requirements. we are going to have to train them in order to bring them up to speed. >> reporter: to help retrain workers going forward, the company won grant from the state. but the lack of trained workers prove to be an opportunity for 60-year-old clark who has decades of experience. >> i use machine technology, little common sense. >> reporter: he was hired last month. he has been unemployed since the fall after retiring from the coast guard. he says he sent out hundreds resumes with no response and watched pierce opt out work force. but he sees hope for older workers and has this advice. >> sell your experience. they have lots of experience and -- any company that wants to get ahead should be, you know, hiring people with experience to be successful. >> this particular company is in
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demand. electrician was manufacturing experience. the company says that it had difficulty filling positions quickly because similar companies are scarce. >> mary snow, thank you. new unsight into schwarzenegger's mistress and child she shares with him. what her neighbors are now saying. "time" magazine wants to know, it is a powerful question, what makes powerful men act like pigs? the answer is coming up. ♪ [ male announcer ] when you come to new york from a place like detroit, no one expects you to influence the world of fashion. but when you grew up surrounded by rock 'n' roll
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days after former california governor schwarzenegger admitted
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to fathering a child out of wedlock, we are learning new details about his mistress and son they share. thelma gutierrez is at her house in bakersfield, california, where neighbors are now speaking out. >> reporter: we are learning that mildred baena purchased this home in this upscale neighborhood last summer but didn't start living here full time until 2 1/2 months ago. neighbors say she talked openly about working for the schwarzeneggers, also about her desire to retire here with her son. mildred baena is 50 years old, native of guatemala and worked for the schwarzenegger family for 20 years as their housekeeper. a neighbor next door described the 14-year-old son as very well behaved and very respectful. also saying that the mother kept very will he profile ever since she moved in. >> the son is a wonderful, very respectful, very intelligent young man. whole overall manner that makes
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you really lean towards how what a nice person he is. >> reporter: neighbors say while they only say baena advice hit the home on the weekends, since she purchased it last summer the p boy, the 14-year-old boy, lived here full time since then with a man that everybody here thought was his father. wolf? >> thelma gutierrez, thanks very much. let's get right back to jack for the cafferty file. >> question this hour is now the time important the united states to increase aid to the middle east? richard writes from washington, with a you will the homeland debt ceiling debate, entitlement programs, contentious universal health care issues, now is not the time to be spend are more millions on those that are being robbed by their corrupt leaders. from texas, no, we have done enough. both good and bad. it is time they sink or swim. we have mettled there since the crew sxad nothing came of that.
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can i ask where this monday swri going to come from? we will just adds it to the national debt? here we go trying on buy our way into somewhere we don't belong. apparently the middle east doesn't have any extra oil money to spend. mark writes -- yes, now is the time. this could -- potentially be the first step towards develop lasting democratic strong hold in an area where it could be very influential to surrounding nations. who knows when another opportunity like this will come along. don writes -- to reward countries for encouraging democracy seems misguided. america is proving day by overspending day that its brand of corporate capitalism is separating itself from democracy. perhaps a better idea would be for other countries to send america money to encourage the true democracy here in the usa. you know, like governing for the good of all of the people. the u.s. doesn't the chinese will. then where will we be? we need to keep trying to bring peace to the middle east, staying on the sidelines doing
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nothing not a viable option. jack in lancaster, ohio, writes no, it is time overdue to send aid to the middle class, not middle east. curt in indiana says, of course. the u.s. should increase aid to the middle east. we can do away with social security and medicare and close all the schools so we can increase payments to countries that hate us and hate what we stand important. that ought to help our faltering company. dumb questions deserve dumb answers, jack. >> thanks very much, jack. to our viewers here in the situation room, happening now, breaking news. global financial chief accused of sexual assault formally charged and granted bail. cnn was inside the courtroom for the dramatic hearing. stand by for a live report. president obama delivers his most important speech of the middle east in two years. hoping to use the revolution sweeping the arab world as launching pad for new efforts at an israeli palestinian peace deal. stunning turn in notorious cold
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case. could the unabomer be behind the deadly tylenol tamperings almost 30 years ago? breaking news. political headlines and jeanne moos straight ahead. i'm wolf blitzer and you are in "the situation room." we are following the breaking news this hour. seven-count indictment and $1 million in bail for the former head of the international monetary fund. dominique strass-kahn has been charged now with assaulting a maid in a new york city hotel last weekend. an allegation he denies. straight to new york. cnn's national correspondent susan candiotti. she was inside the courtroom. all the trauma unfolded today. give us the latest. >> reporter: wolf, at this hour, he will spend one more night in jail. we can tell you this. both sides walked way with something. prosecutors, or in this case, dominique strass-kahn did earn
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his bail. however, prosecutors have very serious charges against him by way of that indictment that you mentioned. and they said they are getting compelling evidence that backs up his accuser. now, he walked into court today with a smile and later on even blew a kiss to his wife and one of his daughters sitting in the front row. that was before the judge ruled in his favor. his attorney argued before the court that if granted bond, that strass-kahn would not take off and would not disappear. >> in our view, no bail is required to assure mr. strass-kahn's appearance. he is an honorable man. he will appear in this court. and anywhere else the court directs. he has only one interest at this time. that is to clear his name. >> reporter: prosecutors argued, in fact the accused name may very well be in trouble. they told the judge that the evidence against him at this
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stage is compelling and account of the alleged victim is unwavering. >> while the investigation still is in its early stages, the proof against him is substantial. continuing to grow every day as the investigation continues. >> reporter: as for that alleged victim she spent the second day in a row the hotel maid that's charging him with sexual assault. spent the second day in a row before the grand jury. and before those charges were returned against strass-kahn. wolf? >> did the prosecutors explain what they -- what their so-called compelling evidence is? >> reporter: they hinted at it. they said they are gathering r forensic evidence from her that much of it is in and they are still collecting more. they said from what they have gathered so far as an example from the show they room, they say appears to be matching up even though the test results
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they haven't gotten back yet. overall they say it is painting a very troubling pictures for strass-kahn. >> what are the conditions for his bail? >> reporter: they are very strict. he agreed to put up $1 million cash bail. he also said he would put up $5 million in property bonds. he will surrender all of his travel documents, including his passport and special travel pass provided by the united nations. he will remain confined to his home 24 hours addai, seven days a week. this is an apartment that the defense said his wife just now rented. she is an american journalist who also lives in washington, d.c. and that she rented this apartment and that he also will be fitting the house. hired a company to come in and the defense will pay for it to fill it with all kinds of surveillance cameras and provide an armed guard posted at that
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house 24 hours a day. they will also accompany him to court. >> pretty stiff conditions. thanks. we will have more on this coming up. susan candiotti reporting. international monetary fund has named an acting managing director in the wake of dominique strass-kahn's resignation. . >> obviously some shock and sadness over the events of the past few days. but very clear recognition of the important responsibilities given to the fund, the need for the -- staff to pull together and can focus on the job at hand and that's exactly what we have been doing. >> he also said he deeply regrets the circumstances led that led to his new position. turning to other news. major speech by president obama today. addressing the changes sweeping the arab world. take a look at this so-called word cloud computer generated
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visual representation of the president's remarks. you can see that the words that figure most prominently include region, people, must, and change. let's go deeper inside what president had to say and implications the white house correspondent brianna keilar is standing by live over at the white house. >> reporter: wolf, the expe expectations president obama could really peak the hearts and minds of those in the middle east and north africa. low here as well as abroad. this was more according to experts i spoke with an opportunity important the president to really create a narrative during the historic and uncertain time. to explain the events of the arab spring, to explain the seemingly contradictory response to this administration has had to different countries and to capitalize on the events of the arab spring as it pushed for renewed peace talks between israel and palestine. after months of transformational protests in the middle east and north africa and much criticism
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the u.s. has been harsh with some countries cracking down on protesters while staying silent on others, president obama tried to make clear the u.s. stands firmly those calling for democracy. >> we have the chance to show america values the dignity in tunisia. more than the raw power of the -- >> reporter: the president said the u.s. supports its ally bahrain but demanded they allow protesters to assemble peacefully. >> you can't have a real dialogue when parts of a peaceful opposition are in jail. >> reporter: he used his strongest language yet for syria's president. stopping short of calling for al assad to step down. >> he can lead that transition or get out of the way. >> reporter: the u.s. will tray to strengthen egypt and tunisia economically and create jobs for young peoples from traited with lack of opportunity. >> america's support for democracy will, therefore, be based on sure and financial stability.
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promoting reform and integrating competitive markets with each other and global economy. we are going to start with tunisia and egypt. >> reporter: headline came when president obama said the arab spring should be a jump off for a renewed israeli palestinian peace process. going further than any president before him with this pronouncement. >> we believe the borders of israel and palestine should be based on the 1967 alliance. with mutually agreed swaps. so it is secure and recognized borders are established for both states. >> reporter: a monumental undertaking explaining the u.s. policy on the middle east is the region experiences more change than it has in decades. aaron miller, former mideast peace negotiator, it was a so-so performance. >> it is not a home run. it is not a bunch of stumble. it is a serious effort to try to harmonize american values and interests. >> reporter: miller expand order on that to say it was about
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explaining to the american people that while the short-term interests in somebodisome of these countries may be -- at odds in terms with long-term interests and so it is really a balancing act of having to deal with each one independently on case by case basis. >> with the israeli prime minister binyamin netanyahu visiting the white house tomorrow do we anticipate a more intense atmosphere following the president's speech today? >> reporter: no doubt there is going to be some tension over this. we heard from netanyahu today. he can ked this idea saying it would leave huge populations outside of the current border. there's definitely going to be some tension. actually miller, as i talked to him, questioned why now, why -- why make this move while he said it was very bold, it also creates a problem for the president ahead of this meeting. why not wait for later in the year perhaps, he said? >> brianna, thanks very much. let's dig deeper now with our senior political analyst gloria borger. republican presidential
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candidate already blasting the president saying he is not pro-israel enough. mitt romney saying president obama has thrown israel under the bus. he has does respected israel, undermined the ability to negotiate peace and violated first principle of american foreign policy. which is to stand firm by our friends, rick santorum says this. incoherence in outlining the american foreign policy allowed ahmadinejad and glad after javy to remain in power while fostering overthrow of allies in egypt. tough criticism of the president from some republican rivals. >> yeah. i got off the phone with senior white house adviser, wolf. who i think was sort of a little stunned at this kind of reaction and also the reaction from binyamin netanyahu. obviously the core of this is the question of starting at the 1967 lines. this white house adviser said to me this really isn't anything so dramatically new.
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that's the point they are making. you say you start there with mutually agreed swaps so secure and recognized borders are established for both states. from the white house point of view, wolf, this is something that had been implicitly stated by presidents clinton and bush. netanyahu came out, fired away at the administration and said no, actually this violates a letter that they had from george w. bush. the question you really have to ask here is -- why did binyamin netanyahu fire away like this? did he see this speech before it was given? or is this more about the entire issue than it is about this particular speech? i mean, obviously republicans believe that there's a constituency out there that they can get. 80% of jewish voters voted for barack obama in the 2008 election. there has been an awful lot of tension there. this is an issue that republicans can easily exploit right now.
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>> based on my experience, i think both president clinton and president bush basically supported this kind of deal, if you will. they never explicitly stated it like president obama did today. and so that's going to cause -- >> hillary clinton stated time and time again that the united states opposes new settlements, if you will. so this -- this is kind of -- from the white house's point of view, just a part of a continuum and not something dramatically new. it is clearly something that shows you the tension there. >> tony blair, the former british prime minister negotiator coming up later this hour. get more on this sensitive subject. thanks very much, gloria. men behaving badly from schwarzenegger to the former head of the imf. "time" magazine is asking what makes powerful men act like pigs? managing editor is here. we will talk to him. cold case investigators are now looking at the unabomber as they
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jack is here with the cafferty file. >> if you believe the signs and they are everywhere, bus stations, train station, billboards, you are probably going to try to pack a lot into the next phfew days. according to a well publicized campaign, why, i have no idea, by a group family radio, this coming saturday, day after tomorrow, may 21, is judgment day. on that day about 1,200 million people p.% of the world's population, will be taken to heaven. according to him the rest of us will live in a world of chaos and catastrophe as opposed to the one we live in now before the world comes to a complete end which he says will happen in october. so have a nice weekend. most people aren't buying his claims, whether or not they believe in god or the second
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coming of jesus or the after life. camping is 89 years old. he's a retired civil engineer and he has done this before. he first predicted the end of the world in 1994. wrong. now he is saying it is saturday. world renowned physicist stephen hawking is one person who probably isn't too worried about doomsday predictions. hawking said in an interview this week he doesn't believe in an after life and said a notion of heaven is what he called a fairy story. he told a british newspaper "the guardian," i regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when the components fail. there is no heaven or after life or broken down computers. hawking has had a lot of time contemplating life, death and whole idea of heaven. at the age of 21 he was diagnosed with lou gehrig's disease. a terminal illness that causes loss of mobility and severely impaired speech. he wasn't expected to live much mast the diagnosis. flash ahead. it has been 49 years. he's still here and he writes
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books and goes on speaking tours. he thinks heaven is a fairy story. here is the question. stephen hawking says heaven is fairy story. do you agree with that statement? go to those of you who are left after saturday, i hope i'm among them, we can talk about this more next week. >> we will, definitely. i'm predicting that right now. jack, thank you. this just coming in to the situation room. with his personal life unraveling, arnold schwarzenegger is putting his acting career on hold. his lawyer just released a statement saying -- let me read it to you -- at the request of arnold schwarzenegger we askedee eightive artist agency to inform all his projects under way being negotiated to stop planning until further notice. governor schwarzenegger's focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or time lines. the statement goes on to say
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that this includes "the terminator," other projects under consideration. we will resume discussions when governor schwarzenegger decides. that statement coming in from arnold schwarzenegger's agent. the schwarzenegger scandal as well as the sexual assault case against the now former head of the international monetary fund, dominique strass-kahn, prompted our sister publication "time" magazine to ask that on the cover of the new issue what makes powerful men act like pigs. "time's" managing editor is joining us from new york with more. how did you go about deciding on this cover? >> well, there was a lot of debate about it. obviously the behavior we are talking about, it is pretty extreme and degrading behavior. we wanted to do something that really caught people's attention. and -- the pig has. >> what's the answer? what makes powerful men act like pigs? in your reporting among your team, what did you conclude?
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>> it is a terrific essay about it. obviously the reasons are very complex. one of them simply is a lot of -- pokes who get into power are narcissists. narcissists are people that think the regular rules don't apply. you also have people who ascend to hierarchy and go up to the top, corner office, and there was a study in psychological science that said men and women who climb up the hierarchy begin to feel the rules don't apply to them and they can behave however they p want and there are no consequences. both of those things factor into the behavior we are seeing among those two guys. and plenty more in politician. >> i think it is fair to say that even nonpowerful men, men that are not powerful, estimation act like pigs, too. >> yes. that's -- that's true. >> you can't just say powerful men act like -- men sometimes -- rich men, poor men, powerful men, not so powerful men. let's talk a little bit about
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dominique strass-kahn. it is a fascinating case. the difference between the culture in france and the media in dealing with sexual allegations, if you will, and here, what have you -- what did you find out. >> one of the things -- i mean, france n france, they -- they are much more compartmentalized in the sense that the private life of politicians or leaders or bureaucrats is kept separate from their public life. that's perfectly fine. i mean -- but -- in america, we tend to make judgments about our leaders in terms of their private life and personalities as well as how they perform in public. i do think that, for example, one of the criticisms you had in france about the now infamous perp walk that dsk had to take, i agree with that. the fact we parade somebody who -- is presumed to be innocent on a perp walk with their picture taken and presumed guilty is something that's not fair. you know. despite what mayor bloomberg says that -- don't do the crime if you don't want to do the perp walk. that's not -- the way it is
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under our law where you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. >> a powerful cover, powerful article. what makes powerful men act like pigs. rick stengel is the managing editor. thanks very much. his brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators left hundreds of people dead in and no end in sight. should the syria president al assad step down? i will ask the former british prime minister tony blair. he is in the situation room. latest threat to boeing's troubled dream liner. investigators are wondering if the unabomber is tied to the unsolved tylenol poisonings almost 30 years ago. hey, did you ever finish last month's invoices?
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with change certainly sweeping the arab world now, president obama says that the need for peace between israelis and palestinians is more urgent than ever and issued a new call for two states consisting of a viable palestine and secure israel. he says he disagree was those who insist that it is not possible to move forward right now. joining us now from jerusalem, former prime minister of britain tony blair, special envoy for what's called the quartet. united states, russia, european union. and the united nations. is there any prospect any time soon for actual israeli/palestinian peace talks to resume? >> i think the important thing about the president's speech is that it tries to give shape and direction and -- negotiation when we can put it back together. so -- he -- he emphasizes very
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strongly the palestinians' right, palestinian state, viable and sovereign. he also emphasizes equally strongly the -- israeli need for security and the -- israeli determination. supported by the united states and international community to defend its security. i think what he is trying to do in the speech -- in a region of which, you know, there is a huge revolution going on. and -- to locate, as it were, the direction for new resumed negotiation, even though right now it is tough to see how quickly this negotiation could be put back together. >> he made it clear hamas, which is now a partner with the palestinian authority in this -- new palestinian arrangement, hamas has to accept israel's right to exist renounced terrorism, and accept previous agreements and is that likely to happen any time soon? >> it is hard to say. but i think what's important, again, is that -- what he is doing is laying down some clear lines, clear principles, upon
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which we are going to act. and -- it is important to emphasize the reason why we -- we demand this of hamas is because if you don't give up violence, then -- obviously it is impossible to have peace. and if you don't -- when you are trying to reach a two-state solution, viable state and palestine as secure state of israel if you don't accept this as right to exist it is hard to see how -- you can have that two-state solution. these principles are not there just for the sake of it. they are there because they are the only sensible practical route to make peace. now -- i was also with president abbas earlier today on the west bank in ramallah. i spoke to him about the -- this -- new government and coming together. he made it very, very clear that this government would only come together on a basis that -- promoted peace. >> on the whole issue of the 67 borders, president was very specific. he says that israel and palestine should be the new -- new border should be based on the 67 lines with mutually
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agreed swaps. does that mean if israel, for example, were to take some parts of the west bank they would have to give up an equal amount of land in the pre'67 israel? >> i think it is -- it is -- not -- absolutely predetermined what happens in the negotiation. i think it is saying in essence that -- the palestinians have to be sure that their state is viable in terms of territory. that means that if you like a size of character at least comparable and to that laid out by the 1967 lines, so obviously there is going to be -- deviations or -- changes from those '67 lines which are mutually agreed through swaps and that's been part of the negotiating process for a long period of time. but the president is trying to say, look on the one hand, palestinians have to know if they go back to the negotiating table, this they are going on get a viable state. on the other hand, israels that right to protect its security and we will stand behind them on that. >> is it time for president al
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assad to step down? >> look, i think that -- this is a moment in which unless he shows he can lead his country in a process in transition and change, then it is -- hard to see how this -- almost desire for -- for greater freedom, greater democracy, proper representation in syria will be denied. you know, what the president is also trying to do in this feature, i think, is to -- set out a context for the whole region. there is this -- democracy movement going on. it is real. and it is driven by people. and it is -- a result of people wanting the same types of freedoms that they enjoy elsewhere. at the same time, the president is aware of the fact that when you engage in this process, change, you can get great uncertainty, great instability. what he is trying to say to those within the reege son set out a process by which you can -- evolve and lead your countries on a process of change.
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if you don't, then it becomes very hard to support a status quo that denies your people basic rights. so -- you know, in respect to president assad i think it is -- it is -- hard to see, frankly. how he's going to be in a position where -- he leads his people to that process change that we want to see. >> a thousand people have been killed in the last month or so in syria. real is particularly let's be honest, prime minister. you don't believe president al assad is going to lead a transition to democracy in syria. >> at the moment, i have to say that it does not look like it. now, the international community has stopped short of -- saying in respect to president assad what it said in respect to gadhafi. but -- i think unless we can see a way forward for syrian people to be able to get the freedom and ability to choose their government in the way they want then it -- you know, becomes hard to support. regimes brutalizing their people
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and as you say, many, many people are being killed. killed in circumstances where -- they are out there. simply saying -- you know, we want what the rest of the world or many parts of the world regard as their -- their democratic and human rights. >> prime minister, always good to speak to you. i will look forward to seeing you here in washington. good luck in the peace process. we are counting on you. >> i think i will need it. thanks very much. >> dr. jack kevorkian is hospitalized in michigan. we are going to update you. stand by for that. damage towels on the space shuttle "endeavour." ♪
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leader of a libyan islamic organization who met recently with russia's foreign minister in moscow, russian news reports are now indicating that libya is willing to comply with u.n. security council resolutions if nato air strikes are halted. dr. jack kevorkian is in a michigan hospital receiving treatment for pneumonia and a kidney related condition. his attorney says the 82-year-old kevorkian struggled with kidney problems for years. dubbed dr. death for his advocacy of assisted suicide kevorkian was convicted of murder in his role in the death of a terminally ill patient. he was paroled back in 2007. nasa is inspecting what appears to be damage to the heat shield tiles. nasa's spokesman said three suspect areas were spotted in photographs of the underside of the shuttle but mark kelly, commander of the final "endeavour" mission says it is not too big of a concern. hopefully no problem there. >> hopefully. thanks very much, lisa.
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some republicans see him as potential game saver for the 2012 presidential elections. now the former utah governor john huntsman is dipping a toe in the political waters of new hampshire. let's go there. jim across that is joining us with more. what's he doing there, jim? >> reporter: i have to tell you i think he's doing more than just testing political waters.
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he is going for a decent swim with about a dozen stops over the next five days here in new hampshire, he was just at this restaurant behind me here in hanover. his interest -- entrance into -- it comes at a critical time for the republican party. will l are some in the party that are concerned about the current slate of candidates. lot of conservatives will have to get over the fact that huntsman as the -- governor of utah and the former ambassador to barack obama no only has ties to this administration but he also once supported policies like cap and trade, civil unions for same-sex couples. he was asked tough questions at this crowd for a first campaign event in new hampshire. there were tough questions asked by the people in the crowd here. he was asked about the critical issue of afghanistan and here is what he had to say about that. >> we are going to have to keep our eyes on afghanistan. realizing full well that when any drawdown occurs, which i
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think is inevitable, that it will create a vacuum. >> reporter: the news that jon huntsman said at this event this evening as he addressed the middle east speech, he said he had not heard mr. obama's speech on the middle east but said about president obama's call for israel and palestine to go back to their 1967 lines, governor huntsman said when you have got sensitive negotiations, you've got to ask the question if you respect israel we probably ought to ask what they think is best. some soft criticism there, wolf, from jon huntsman. it matches the overall tone at the event. it was -- polite criticism of the president. >> president did say with mutually agreed land swaps going back to the '67 lines. significant caveat. not necessarily exactly the '67.
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what's he suggesting that -- is he criticizing the president? the president, as you know, our -- lot of our viewers know, jim, named him the united states ambassador to china. he served for more than two years under president obama. >> reporter: that's right. and -- governor huntsman, i should mention, his staff told me before this event he likes to be called governor huntsman. not ambassador huntsman. he addressed this issue of the fact he worked for president obama and he said well, i -- i served as an ambassador to the president. not necessarily to president obama and when the president calls i serve. so as to that matter that's what jon huntsman had to say about his ambassadorship. as for israel he didn't get into a lot of specifics about the issue. he threw out that caveat that he had not heard the president's speech but he did say that he thought that perhaps the president should have allowed israel to negotiate through this process before coming out with what was a pretty hard stance from the president. >> jim across that in new
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hampshire. in less an month cnn will host the new hampshire presidential debate on monday, june 13. please join us as republican hopefuls gather to size one another up and debate the serious issues. the new hampshire presidential debate monday night, june 13 only here on cnn. plans by boeing to begin production of its 787 dream liner this summer could now be jeopardized by a serious labor battle. the company is battling union of aerospace assembly workers over a plan to move some production from washington state to south carolina. lisa sylvester is following this story for us. lisa, the federal government is now getting involved as well. >> yeah. this is a big fight here. national labor relations board acting general council has issued a complaint against boeing. siding with the union. the company says that this was a purely business decision to open up a second assembly line in south carolina. but the machinists union are calling this retaliation. charming location, southern
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hospitality and available work force, some of the reasons why north charleston, south carolina, was picked by boeing in october of 2009 as the location for its second assembly line for the new 787 dream liner plane. >> when there is a downturn in the economy to get a plant like boeing, it heighten it is expectations of people within the community. >> reporter: the new boeing facility is scheduled to be completed in july and will employ 3800 people. but behind the happy headlines, a raging debate. south carolina is a right-to-work state where employees cannot be forced to join a union. >> the people of south carolina are used -- traditionally are averse to unions. it is just -- it is a deep-seated cultural thing. >> reporter: important decades boeing built its planes at everett, washington, by union workers. the decision to build a second assembly line in south carolina has the folks in washington state up in arms. international association of machinists and aerospace workers
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points to comments from boeing's ceo and other officials that suggest a driving reason for opening up the south carolina plant was because of strikes by boeing workers and the possibility of future work stoppages. the union calls this late retaliation and says that is against street law. >> why do you consider this to be retaliation? >> work stoppages, concerted activity protected by law. engaging in collective bargaining negotiations, concerted activity, protected by law. and taking work away from employees because they engaged in those rights, that's illegal retaliation. >> reporter: national labor relations board acting general council appointed by president obama agreed with the union, issuing a complaint and ordering the south carolina plant not to be used to build a 787 planes. we asked boeing for an interview but they declined. but in a response to the nlrb complaint boeing's chief counsel
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said no work, none at all, was removed or transferred from puget south. the second line for the 787 is a new assembly line. jim demint represents south carolina. he says that the nlrb ruling infringes on the rights of an american company to decide where it can and cannot locate. >> what it is going to do is hurt all american workers, it will hurt our economy, by encouraging companies to locate in other countries where they don't have to deal with the government that is so oppressive. >> reporter: the south carolina plant is now in limbo, still scheduled to open in a matter of weeks for the issue unresolved. the case goes to trial june 14. administrative law judge will make a ruling either side can appeal the decision to the full national labor relations board. it can go on before a u.s. court of appeals and could actually make its way all the way to the u.s. supreme court. point being, wolf, that this could drag on for a while. >> lots of jobs are at stake. thanks very much for that.
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notorious unsolved case and now a possible link to the unabomber. details of a twist in the tylenol pamperings of 1982. [ artis brown ] america is facing some tough challenges right now. two of the most important are energy security and economic growth. north america actually has one of the largest oil reserves in the world. a large part of that is oil sands. this resource has the ability to create hundreds of thousands of jobs. at our kearl project in canada, we'll be able to produce these oil sands with the same emissions as many other oils and that's a huge breakthrough. that's good for our country's energy security and our economy.
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the man known as the
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unabomber is being investigated other a string of poisoned tylenol. what are they saying? >> they are not saying at the moment he is a clear suspect in the case. all the fbi is saying, if reopening the tylenol probe, they are trying to get dna from several people, including ted kaczynski. two cases that still haunt investigators. it's one of the fbi's most notorious unsolved cases. the 1982 tylenol murders, seven people in the chicago area died after taking tylenol lacedwide cyanide. now they are hinting at the possible link to one of the most feared domestic terrorists, ted kaczynski, the unabomber. >> i think it's kind of af drag net, broad bush approach. >> markal shaker co-wrote a book with a former fbi agent.
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he is serving time for killing three people in a string of bombings from 1978 to 1995. the fbi in a statement says in reexamining the tylenol case, it's attempteded to security dna sam ples from numerous individuals. kaczynski says he won't give them a sample voluntarily unless the fbi meets a certain obligation they have disclosed. he establishes his whereabouts in 1982 and writes never even possessed positive totassium cy. >> this is where he was arrested in 1996. it sits in the museum in washington. some of the stuff taken from here should be preserved as possible evidence to exxon rate him in the tylenol case. >> reporter: the auction started this week with the proceeds to go to the victims. on the block, his clothes, sunglasses and his infamous
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manifesto and journals, which according to an investigator, wrote in secret code. >> he recorded everything. there are over 30,000 pages of documents that he had and that he wrote over the years in his cabin. >> reporter: but no evidence has surfaced linking him to the tylenol plot and no prosecution is planned. >> is that ted kaczynski's mo? >> no, it's not. first of all, we think it was an extortion case, rather than some kind of wild self-agrandizing scheme to ator so site. we find assassins and arsonists all tend to stick with what they know and feel comfortable with. >> he says he doesn't think ted kaczynski would have been comfortable going into drug stores and tampering with tylenol bottles. an attorney says he is persuaded
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kaczynski had absolutely no involvement in any aspect of the tylenol case. >> has anyone ever been arrested in that case? >> there were no arrests to the murder. there was one arrest and conviction for extortion relating to the case, that man served some time in jail. in recent years, authorities have hinted that they think that same guy is a suspect in the murders still in recent years. but he's always professed his innocence. >> a major ruling in the sexual assault case of the imf chief. >> the scientist steven hawking xgt . i'm chef michael,
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here's a look at hot shots in afghanistan, a man rides a bicycle past a destroyed building in downtown kabul. women dressed in colorful costumes danced as part of sail brags in youth. in rome, a new statue of late pope john paul ii, stands in fronts of a bill yant blue sky. in england, alpacas wait in the stalls before being judged. coming into the situation around from around the world.
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>> jack? >> we have a guy in california saying the world will end on saturday and 200 million of us will be swept off to heaven. the question is, british scientist steven hawking says the idea of heaven is a fairy story. we want to know if you agree. if i'm right, there are good reasons to care about my behavior and impact i have on the world around me. if i'm wrong, i will still have lived a good life. some day we'll find out who's right and who's wrong. until then, i believe. of course steven hawking will say that he's a scientist. you can't scientifically proof faith. david in oklahoma writes, i tend to degree with david hawking there's no evidence beyond the shaking anecdotal near death appearances of people. i'll go with science and say i don't believe in heaven although i certainly wish it was real. lisa in connecticut, here's proof knowledge and wisdom are
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not the same. he is cannot approve the assertion to humans so people are accept teenager blindly on faith. he can't explain what created gravity. my faith is in god in heaven, not this am man. nobody has any evidence, one way or the other. rebecca, i agree with steven hawking, i think it is a made up idea. if it compels them to lead better lives, who am i to be against it. my favorite might be this one. steven hawking is a genius with a extremely high i.q., i'm a man who doesn't wear religion on their sleeve. i do believe there is a god because i have felt his presence in time of need. if there wasn't a god, i don't think people would have a soul or conscious. i hope to get to meet steven hawking in the hereafter so i can tell him, see, i knew something that you didn't. you want to read more on this