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>> okay, david mattingly, many thanks to you. we'll get much more on the story as we throw to atlanta and kyra phillips. >> good morning, thanks, guys. we'll continue this breaking news. if you're just waking up and joining us at the top of the hour. we're learning that convicted cop killer troy davis will not be granted clemency. he now has less than 34 hours to live. david mattingly just got this information. joining me, once again. you have been getting a number of statements, david, with regard to reaction to this because a lot of support out there. you've been covering the protests. hundreds of thousands of people worldwide joining in to try to save this man's life. >> that's right. this all came about after the georgia pardons and parole board yesterday met for a very lengthy session behind closed doors. they were hearing testimony from both sides. from attorneys representing davis who were arguing that there are, that they had seven out of the nine of the witnesses who testified against him have
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since recanted or recounted their stories. they've also pointed out that they've had people come forward saying that someone else was responsible for this murder. all of that was before the board. everyone came back from that meeting with the board thinking that they got their point across, that the board was definitely listening, asking a lot of questions about this case. apparently, had they had done their homework and were very, very familiar with this case. so, both sides coming out thinking that they had made their case very strongly. of course, the people who had the last word before that board were the family members of the officer macphail who was murdered that night in 1989. they spoke to us after they had spoken to the board and they said that they wanted justice. they wanted to make sure that this execution went through. they have believed all along in the guilt of davis. contrary to what hundreds of thousands of other people have
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apparently believed. the hundreds of thousands who have signed petitions in support of him and people, including former president jimmy carter saying too much doubt surrounding this case for this execution to go through. but now the georgia board of pardons and parole have decided they will not be granting clemency in this case and troy davis will keep his appointment with lethal injection on georgia's death row tomorrow. >> okay. david, stay with us, we'll continue to follow this breaking news story. jeffrey toobin, our senior legal analyst joining us now via the phone. what's the reaction, jeffrey, among you and other attorneys in the legal realm. so much doubt cast upon this case with regard to a number of witnesses coming forward over the years recanting their testimony. >> well, you know, this has been an extraordinary legal saga since the murder in 1989 and two
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years ago the united states supreme court did something it almost never does. instructed a district court in georgia to take another look at the case, hold a hearing. a judge in savannah did hold the hearing and then issued 170-page opinion saying that even with the recanted testimony, there is no substantial doubt cast on the verdict as far as this judge could tell, troy davis was as guilty as the jury found him. and, at this point, i know lawyers can be very creative, but i think troy davis is really out of options. >> so, you are saying that he will die tomorrow night? >> i never can underestimate the creativity of lawyers, but, certainly, based on what i can
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see, based on my familiarity with the law, i think he will be executed tomorrow. >> with a death penalty case, have you ever seen this much doubt? have you ever seen so much protest over so many years surrounding a case? >> well, certainly. you know if you go back to the rosenbergs in the 1950s, the accused and convicted spies for the soviet union who are executed, that certainly generated even more international outrage. but in recent history, certainly the troy davis case has generated the most attention, the most outrage in the united states. he's certainly the most, the best-known person on death row. and what makes this case somewhat peculiar is that, you know, this execution is taking place against the backdrop of many fewer executions in the united states and many fewer
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death sentences in the united states than there were even in the 1990s. the death penalty is really fading in the united states. and there are a lot of disagreement about why that is, but, certainly, fewer executions than there used to be. but this one does appear to be going forward, even with all the protests. >> jeffrey, stay with me. david mattingly, are you still connected with me? >> yes, i still hear you. >> just to sort of bring people up to date on this. maybe folks that have not been following the case. let's go back to the murder scene and the -- what had happened that night. at least from the witnesses that evening. and kind of take us through couple of the major events that sort of shifted the belief that troy davis possibly wasn't the killer that night. >> well, back in 1989 officer mark macphail in savannah, georgia, was off duty. he was moonlighting as offering security to a couple of
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businesses there. he saw a homeless man being beaten up and he came to that homeless man's aid and chased after the man's assailant and that assailant turned and shot him and killed him on the spot. officer macphail never even drew his weapon. at the time of the murder, there were multiple witnesses that police had brought together and there was a very quick trial about this. the jury was able to reach a verdict in a matter of hours and in a matter of another few hours were able to reach a verdict for the death penalty. so, they were very definitive at the time of his guilt and of the need for an execution here. but in that time, it's been his family that really has kept the belief in his innocence going. they have been responsible for networking, for getting other people to look at the case and we saw this as a slow-acting
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volcano that has been erupting over the last 20 years coming to a head over the last 20 days. hundreds of thousands of people across the world signing petitions and thousands of people marching in the streets here in atlanta, georgia. people all over the country looking closely at this case and some very influential people, including former president jimmy carter looking at this saying there are too many doubts about this man's guilt for this execution to go through. his family, of course, mainta maintaining that he is completely innocent of these charges. >> david, i'm just bogeing told that we have ann macphail, the mother of mark macphail, the police officer that was murdered in 1989. ann, can you hear me okay? >> yes, i can. >> tell me your first reaction? >> after i heard the news today? >> yes, ma'am. >> the only thing i could think of, justice is done. that's the way i look at it, that's what we wanted. >> you believe that troy davis
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is guilty of the murder of your son -- >> i sure do. after all the facts that i've seen during the trial, original trial. i am very convinced that he is guilty. >> and will you be there at the execution? >> no. no. >> how did -- tell me how you did that decision not to be there? >> that decision was right from the beginning that i said if it should come to this, i will not be there. i have family members that will be there and that's all i need. >> do you forgive troy davis? >> not yet. maybe some day. i don't know. i can't right now. >> what do you think of all the hundreds of thousands of people, anne, that have joined forces saying that they believe troy davis should not die? >> well, i tell you what i believe and what i've seen and i have talked to some of it. to them the point is the death
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penalty. 99% have absolutely no idea who troy davis is or who mark macphail was. they just following their belief and not to have the death penalty. most don't even know what it is all about. they're just there because they're following what they believe in. so, i do not take that personally. everybody can believe what they want to. but they do not know the truth and everything that was involved that day when mark was killed. >> and you know the list of names that are out there saying that troy davis should not die. former president jimmy carter -- >> yes, yes. >> even the pope has weighed in. >> yes. do you honestly believe that he pays any attention to that? i mean, one of his people that work for him is going to answer
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that. i don't think the pope has time to do any of the getting involved in the case of troy davis. mr. carter, president carter, i'm not surprised he's not that type. but the rest of them, they don't even know. that's just against their death penalty. >> ann,e, we talked so much abot troy davis in and no way do we want to forget there death of your son. we have video of you and you're showing all the pictures of your son, mark, and talking about his background and the military and law enforcement. why don't you take a moment to remind people around the world about your son, what he stood for. and how you felt about him. >> oh, my son, well, he, all of my children. not just mark. my pride and joy. i love them dearly. mark was a very, very exciting young man.
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full of life. he loved his country. he spent years in the military to protect us. he went into the police department to protect us. and thoots what he was doing trying to help this homeless man that was pistol whipped. i mean, really. excuse me. so, he loved his children. he loved his family. any chance he had he would come home to be with us all. he was quite a young man that we all loved dearly and part of. >> how are his children? >> his children? >> yes. >> your grandchildren. >> they're 22 and 24. i was with them yesterday. >> what do they think about this? >> i'm glad they think it is
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over. my granddaughter has suffered pretty much, mark jr. was only 7 weeks old when mark got killed. he has no memory. nothing. all he knows is what his mother and i are telling him. my granddaughter was 22 years old and it's amazing, couple things. suffering very hard, though, under this. mark's death. and she fell apart again yesterday. but she did well at the hearing. but she just tried to so hard to control it and she miss her father. you know how it is. mark was an excellent father. he adored his children. >> anne macphail, i sure appreciate you calling in and giving us your reaction to the execution that is going to happen tomorrow night. a an anne, thank you so much. >> you're welcome. word coming in that troy
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we are following history unfolding at the united nations. next hour president obama will meet with the new leadership of libya. overshadowed by a new crisis bubbling up in the middle east. palestinian statehood and the u.s. could become a lightning rod of international anger. we're covering it from all angles. briana keeler at the white house and dr. sanjay gupta. briana, let's start with you. what does the president hope to
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accomplish in his meetings with libya's transitional government? >> he's trying to bolster the transitional government trying to make sure that this debut goes well because that's really what this is for the libyan rebel government, now the libyan transitional government. it was recently seeded to represent libya and this is sort of its entry into the international community this week. the president also trying to help garner some support as this government moves forward into this post-gadhafi area. obviously, the u.s. has strong inin making sure that goes well ask the u.s. is looking for help from its allies and buy-ins. the president will meet with the head of the libyan transitional government. they'll have a meeting, just the two of them, and then a meeting with a number of world leaders focused on libya as it moves forward into this new phase. the head of the u.n. will speak,
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obama will speak, other world leaders will speak. but, of course, kyra, a huge challenge here. that's that the u.s. and white house really tries to mark the achievement of this rebel government. trying to make sure that things go smoothly. the headlines are very much being stolen by the issues of palestinian statehood and certainly hard to get a lot of attention for libya when that's where all eyes are focused, kyra. >> we'll talk about all of it, brianna, thanks so much. the heart of it, diabetes, lung cancer, on the rise. dr. sanjay gupta live at the u.n. sanjay, the u.n. taking on noncommunicable diseases. what makes this meeting so historic from that perspective. >> as you said, global health has not been on the agenda for ten years. in and of itself this is a pretty remarkable thing. they opened one of the sessions saying three out of five people
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who died today anywhere in the world, kyra, not just in the developed world, but anywhere in the world die of these noncommunicable diseases and because of that alone, that makes it a priority for the u.n. general assembly. i think the reason that they're talking about it now, ten years after the last time they had global health on the agenda, not only is the scope of the problem better identified, but also some of the solutions. to try and curb back people dying from these diseases too young. we think about these diseases as diseases of the affluent and you find in the developing world poor people develop these diseases and as a result, generations of people are being affected here, kyra. >> what is the action plan then? >> well, you know, it's interesting. some of them are going to be the obvious things that people have been talking about for some time. tobac tobacco, for example, 1.3 billion people smoke in the world. that number is still expected to go up despite the tobacco
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programs all over the world. so, that's a big focus. but, also, the idea that certain cancers, such as liver cancer and cervical cancer, something that came up recently a lot in the united states can also be addressed through vaccinations, which they want to make more readily available. and i think the idea of true prevention programs in terms of cardiac disease. in terms of diabetes. these are being focused on, again, not just in the developed world, but also in countries that are typically thought of as resource poorer. countries that are thought of where diseases like this are too costly or complicated to treat. we can prevent this by spending millions of dollars now to avoid trillions of dollars of cost later on. that seems to be the real focus here. >> sanjay gupta at the u.n., thanks. still ahead, big concerns about the merger of two mail-order drug companies. if you get your prescriptions from medco or express scripts, what you need to know. a viral video lets you stow
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forget around the world in 80 days. how about orbiting the earth in 60 second? a new video that puts you inside the international space station and, of course, zain verjee, it's gone viral. >> it has. there's been 2 million people that have seen this piece of video on youtube. someone basically put about 600 images that the international space station took and that the nasa pictures. take a look, kyra, isn't this a beautiful shot of our lovely planet earth? this video actually starts over the pacific ocean and it gets into north and south america and then when it hits daylight, it actually goes into antarctica. so, this is the result of all those great pictures, kyra. i also want to warn you, i don't want you to be afraid. there's a little bit of space junk that is coming down later this week and nasa is saying that it's a satellite and they're saying wherever it falls, don't touch it. it's not a souvenir. don't pick it up. if you see a piece in your
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backyard, i don't know if you will in marietta, georgia, kyra, but they say just call the local cops to sort it out. >> let them, don't take it, don't put it on the mantal and don't put it on ebay. n now, if we look back at that video, again. my director, scotty, was telling me the flashes of light that you see in this, thought maybe they were alien spaceships flying through, but apparently when you see a star blinking, those are spots of lightning. >> are they really? i didn't know that. i would much rather to prefer think that they're alien spaceships. but, it is beautiful. they will come, kyra. >> they will come. zain verjee, thanks. alison kosik is coming our way at the new york stock exchange. following a $30 billion merger in the health care industry. expressscripts wanting to buy medco. alison, what is the latest?
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>> this is the whole regulatory process of this. these are the companies that mana manage. the house judiciary committee is holding a hearing on this deal. the big issue for this deal is will this stifle competition. express scripts and medco combine the first and third biggest pharmacy manufacturers. everybody has an opinion. five groups including consumer union and national consumer's league are joining forces to oppose this deal. what they say is that it would lead to fewer choices. cause higher prices and limit access to new drugs, but express scripts says, we're not going to be too big. "wall street journal" story out today saying that express scripts will come out today at this hearing and say that a combined company will have a 30% market share and that's within the range that is acceptable and they say, you know what, bigser better because, hey, they'll be able to negotiate higher drug
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prices. all different ways to debate this merger, kyra. >> what are the odds of this coming together? could it somehow get holed u? >> if there are issues, express scripts and medco could rework the deal to make it more acceptable to regulators to accept. congress doesn't grant anti-trust approval. but examine this deal, definitely, all the little minutia in this deal. keep in mind, this is a long road, even if this deal goes through before consumers would see any changes to their drug plans. kyra? >> got it. now, overnight we heard that italy's credit rating was downgraded. is this only adding more fear to greece's debt problems? >> i think investors really knew ahead of time of italy's downgrade. didn't come as a big surprise. what is more urgent is greece's
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debt. we did see signs of hope yesterday late in the trading day greek officials talked with european finance officials who say they're close to a deal to get another bailout. stocks are set for slightly higher open on those high hopes. kyra? >> all right, alison kosik, thanks. just ahead, the military ends its "don't ask, don't tell" policy. we'll talk to one vet who did get kick oed out, but wants to return. even though i'm a great driver, and he's... not so much. well, for a driver like you, i would recommend our new snapshot discount. this little baby keeps track of your great driving habits, so you can save money. [sighs] amazing.
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checking top stories. president obama at the u.n. today for the 66th annual session of the general assembly. he will meet with the head of libya's national transition council. georgia patrol board just denied clemency for death row inmate troy davis. davis is scheduled to die tomorrow night for the 1989 murder of a savannah police officer. the defense department formally repeals the "don't ask, don't tell" policy allows gays to serve in the military. as many as 14,000 people were forced out of the military because of "don't ask, don't tell." well, the policy was in place for almost 18 years, but it was in the making for decades. chris lawrence takes a look at the slow evolution of this law. >> reporter: "don't ask, don't tell" is the tale of soldiers
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and sailors and politics and presidents. begins in 1950 when president harry truman signs into law the uniform code. years later under president ronald reagan, the pentagon issues a directive stating that "homosexuality is incompatible with military service." end of story until candidate bill clinton promises to lift the ban. his election sparks congressional hearing and in 1993 a compromise emerges between senate republicans and the new president. >> the joint chiefs of staffs have agreed to remove the question regarding one's sexual orientation from future versions of the enlistment application and it will not be asked in the interim. >> reporter: in other words, the military won't ask if you are gay, but you can't tell anyone. ten years later, the nation is at war and nearly 10,000 troops have been killed out for violating "don't ask, don't
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tell." the government accountability finds that the pentagon spent nearly $100 million to replace them, although the supreme court effectively upholds the ban in 2006, all the democratic candidates for president oppose it. >> if you think it's time to get rid of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the u.s. military, raise your hands. all of you agree. >> reporter: after president barack obama is sworn in, more than 1,000 high-ranking officers sign a letter urging him to keep the policy in place. others argue being gay didn't hurt military readiness. >> i went on a ship in the tight spaces and i went on as a platoon soldier in the fox holes with my marines. at the end of the day, at some points, it almost became a laughable issue between all of us. >> reporter: the chairman of the joint chiefs takes a side. >> it is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do. >> reporter: the pentagon begins a comprehensive review of the policy, including a major survey
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to hear what troops and their families think. but the review is preemepted by federal judge that rules it unconstitutional that triggers a chaotic legal fight and raises the possibility that the courts might overtake congress. so, even with some service chiefs testifying that it's still too soon -- >> i would not recommend going forward at this time. >> my recommendation would be this is a bad time. >> reporter: a lame duck congress in its last days under full democratic control passes the repeal. and president obama signs it into law. >> chris joining us now from the pentagon. so, chris, you have to wonder how many members that were kicked out because of this policy, you know, will want to reinstate. >> yeah, exactly, kyra. president obama just released a statement, in fact, calling "don't ask, don't tell" a discriminarily law.
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that memo is no guarantee they'll get back in. every right to apply, but now some are too old and others were in specialties that are now no longer needed and others are in jobs that are now fully staffed. the bottom line is the military is getter smaller, not bigger. with the current budget crunch, if you started giving a waiver to those under "don't ask, don't tell" give away jobs or kick people out of jobs they're currently in. for many of the service members kicked out of the military for being gay its repeal does not necessarily mean justice. mike is former major in the usair force. and, mike, even after all you went through, you want to return to the military, right? >> i sure do. i grew up in the military. my father was a senior officer in the air force. spent my whole adult life in the military. and that is where my passion is, this is my calling. i served for 13 years and found that i greatly miss the mission,
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the comrodamaraderie and i hope get back to that and hope to resume my job as a career and leader. >> the air force searched your private e-mails and that's how you got outed and that's how you were thrown out. do you still trust the air force? >> i must say it's -- i do, certainly now that "don't ask, don't tell" has been repealed and gays and lesbians can serve openly. it's certainly, i have to put all that bitterness behind me. i felt betrayed at the time because i never told the air force asked by searching my private e-mails. even though i never made a statement, i was still thrown out. i need to put that behind me and look forward. now that we have repeal, now is the time for gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. we need role models and leaders. officers to serve right along their straight counterparts and show they're no different.
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just as patriotic and they believe the same color of red and they love america and they love serving in the military and provide valuable contributions to our armed forces. >> mike, if you go back and serve, do you promise to come back and tell me if you witness change? >> absolutely. >> mike, thanks for your time. >> thanks for having me. for the second time in a week, u.s. embassy staff in kabul are being told to duck and cover. reuters reporting right now the embassy sounded a security alarms. no word or information on the attack, according to reuters. cnn is making calls right now to our sources in afghanistan. they're trying to get information for you as it's starting to come in. all right, also coming up, president obama's deficit plan leaves social security untouched. my next guest doesn't plan on touching social security either. when it comes to retire, he doesn't want it. a new study with a new threat. a link between diabetes and
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alzheimer's. dr. sanjay gupta joining us from united nations with details.
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great depression gave birth to social security. today the shared number of the baby boomers is slowly strangling it to death. that's the opinion of columnist l.z. granderson. in fact, you say the thought of the government caring for you when you're older is frightening. >> absolutely. >> why? >> look at what is going on right now. i mean, i could remember sitting there during the debates and, you know, everyone is talking about how the tea party cheered at the idea of this guy dying at the uninsured and i looked at the eight kennedys on stage and no one was angry by the cheers. and that to me said a lot. it told me a lack of compassion
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on the stage and i can't really depend on the government as a whole to really care about me individually and that includes social security. >> do you not trust president obama when it comes to our social security? >> no. actually, i don't. i don't trust any of them. that's not to say that president obama doesn't care about people. but that he's involved in politics and anyone who's involved in politics is moving pieces along in order to get the things they think they want or things that are more important. i'm not altogether sure, especially since on monday he unveils a plan that doesn't touch social security. i'm not really sure if he's really thinking about how this is going to impact people like me. generation xers, generation y. people who also vote but doesn't seem to be as important as the people in florida who are dictating what happens in the election. >> lz, what do we do? we're all paying into it? >> we better start thinking about plan b, c and d. this is a real squeeze on the
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middle class. how do you tell someone who is living check to check right now in their 30s and 40s you need to have money put away somewhere 20 years from now because social security may not be there for you in the same capacity? that's a very scary and frightening scenario. the fact that we're not talking about this more, more aggressively, the fact that we're using this as a political tool is a shame and i'm really afraid for the middle class. i believe if these politicians were keconcerned about us and concerned about the middle class, they would talk about social security. a lot of people will be hurting in 20 or 30 years. >> now i see why you married a sugar daddy. it all makes sense. you can read -- >> back-up plan, girl. >> he's got his back-up plan. not for everybody. sometimes we're just stuck on our own. if you like, join the conversation and leave a comment for lz. he will cherish it. all right, more concerns today for people with diabetes. they could also be at risk for a disease that robs a person of
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cherished memories. dr. sanjay gupta explains after the break. john travolta's mercedes-benz stolen right off the streets of santa monica. (rambling phone conversation) when an investment lacks discipline, it's never this obvious.
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checking stories across country now. after john travolta visited a jaguar dealership he went back to the car he drove there in and
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it was gone. there were no witnesses in and the mercedes-benz could be worth $170,000. fabric worth thousands of dollars, yes, they are no ordinary bandits. they've been arrested. they're described as a whole gang of drag queens. one store manager even said, "they could wipe out a whole section of boas in seconds." a florida teenager takes a fishing rod and reels in an 800-pound gator. 19-year-old tim straw reeled the giant in this weekend and had to use a 44 caliber bang stick in order to kill it. now, turning to health news. a new threat for diabetics is being revealed. a study just released show diabetics are at an increased risk of developing alzheimer's. chief medical correspondent sanjay gupta live at the united nations. go ahead and explain the study. >> well, it is sort of
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interesting. for some time people expected that diabetes was a risk factor for a certain type of dimentia. dementia associated with minor strokes. this study looked at 1,000 people and found if you had diabetes or prediabetes. you were twice as likely to develop alzheimer's in the next 12 years and almost twice as likely to develop any other type of dementia over that time period. this was interesting, kyra. diabetes a risk factor for heart disease and stroke and dementia was always a little bit of a question mark and this study seems to confirm that very point. now, you know, diabetes, you and i have talked about this, by the year 2020 in the united states, they expect half of american diabetes will have diabetes or be prediabetic and that's what
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makes this study so significant, kyra. >> so, what should people do then, sanjay? >> well, you know, i think a lot of the same approaches to trying to take care of diabetes, you know, are still going to apply here. i think what is interesting is that any time you have a new sort of possible correlation, in this case between diabetes and dementia, it opens up potential new avenues of research. also toxic to the central nervous system in that, in that finding there could be potential new avenues with how to treat diabetes and dementia and that's an area for researchers. but i think this idea, you know, any time you tell people, look, diabetes puts you at risk for all these different things, you tend to encourage people to change their lifestyle, better behaviors, try to curb obesity, which is related to diabetes. this can help. people developing dementia developing at a much higher
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stories making news later today. 11:00 eastern, additional details will be released about the five unidentified bodies discovered on long island. and then joints chiefs chair mullin gives a speech on the challenges of of the military in washington. and a hearing on plans about
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purchase of medco. we are following a lot the next hour. check in first with jim in washington. >> reporter: good morning. gop front runner rick per i have in new york. he is expected to talk to jewish leaders about what he calls the obama's administration middle east policy of appeasement. we will have more on that in a few minutes. and i'm here at the white house. president obama a is at the u.n. general assembly in new york and top on his agenda, trying to give a boost to the libyan transitional government on the world stage. all of that at the top of the hour. >> thanks, guys. and a new look for facebook. why the site and iphone app is getting a facelift.
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we have reported moments ago alarm bells being sounded at the u.s. embassy in kabul. we now have received more information. apparently there's been some type of suicide attack or explosion at the home of a former afghan president, which is relatively near to the u.s. embassy. so far, no claim of responsibility. no word on casualties. we are working this to get more details for you. monday night football. the first time in five seasons. >> you saw moments last night
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that remind you why it has been so long. four mistakes by the rams led to four giants touchdowns. this is probably the worst. sam bradford throws a lateral, the backwards pass doesn't connect. it's a live ball. he scoops it up and says thank you very much. runs it for the touchdown. watch him spike the ball. he is throwing against the wall but hits that guy. his name is ryan brown. he's a giant's intern. it stung a bit but brown says he is doing fine. >> dint bring him his coffee, that's what happened. take that. >> this is the best catch of the season so far. look at eli manning to hickson. he bobbles and hauls it in. good thing they win. teams that start the season 0-2 almost never make the playoffs. all right. let's move on, shall we? let's do it. marianne that rivera, yesterday save 602 against the twins.
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he is the all-time saves leader passing hoffman for number one on the list. the 1-year-old shows no signs of letting up. mariano rivera is the best relief pitcher ever. how strong is justin upton? he hits a home run and busts his bat. the bat breaks but upton still gives it a charge in the left field and gone. watch the pirates' pitcher he can't believe it. he busted the guy's bat and still manages to muscle a home run. one strikeout. 20th win. the diamond's magic number to clinch the nl west down to four. the chase for the sprint cup is running a day late in chicago land speedway because of bad weather. a lot of drivers turning left. stewart wins his first race of the year and won at least one race in 13 straight seasons. stewart is in second place in
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the cup race. >> you didn't go to the race? >> it was in chicago land. this is when everybody pays attention. only ten guys are important at this point. >> can you name all ten? >> don't make me do that. >> can you tell i'm stretching. >> talking about nfl. huge win last night for the giants because one of those teams was starting 0-2 and only 12% of teams that start 0-2 get to the playoffs so it was a must win game. hard to believe in week two of the season but it was a must-win game for the rams. we will top the hour now. it is the latest and likely the last twist in troy davis' controversial case. clemency denied the decision by the georgia board of pardons means he has less than 33 hours until he is executed for the murder of a savannah police officer. a murder that hundreds of thousands of people aren't even
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sure he committed. david mattingly has the late, breaking developments. >> reporter: the board met yesterday. heard from both sides in the case. and both sides came away saying they felt the board had listened to them. they asked good questions and seemed to be well versed with the case. in the end, the clemency was denied. today the board released a very brief statement, not talking about what reasoning went in to this. only to point out that clemency was denied and they gave a brief recount of the crime itself. they wrote officer macphail went to the burger king parking lot to assist a beating victim where macphail encounters davis. davis shot officer macphail and continued to shoot him a as he laid on the ground killing macphail. davis surrendered on august 23, 1989. yesterday we heard from macphail's family. they said they had been following this all along. they constantly believed in davis' guilt. at the end, they said they felt
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the board was listening to them and apparently so. the board siding with prosecutors and the family in this case. davis will go on with his lethal injection appointment, which is 7 p.m. tomorrow night. >> we will hear from mark macphail's mom later in the hour. her reaction to the fact that troy davis will die tomorrow. david, thanks. also right now the campaign trail and michele bachmann taking part in a round table forum in iowa. rick perry holding a news conference in new york. he is joined by american jewish and israeli leaders. a leading topic will undoubtedly be a litmus test for many jewish voters. this week at the united nations a showdown is looming over palestinian statehood an the u.s. allegiance to israel is being tested. jim acosta is following that from washington. >> reporter: koorm. that's right. texas governor perry is the gop front runner and is expected to talk about the issue, the
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palestinian statehood request. down the street from the united nations and a day before the president is supposed to speak to the u.n. general assembly and this is interesting politics that we will be watching on several fronts. one is that the texas governor is slamming this process that is about to get underway up at the u.n. in which the palestinians may get a vote on statehood. it is a vote that the united states is expected to block. the obama administration is basically going to side with israel on that question, and that's going to be a messy situation for the obama administration, but the fact that this process is underway is really giving some red meat to the republicans. rick perry coming to manhattan and giving remarks. a portion of which we obtained here at cnn. he is expected to say in a few moments we are indignant that certain middle east earn leaders have discarded the principal of
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direct negotiations between the sovereign nation of israel and the palestinian leadership. he goes on to say this is all part of the obama administration's policy of middle east appeasement to leaders in that region and what rick per i have trying to do and a lot of republicans are trying to do is tap in to the sentiment, in some sections of the jewish/american community who are unhappy with the obama administration right now. they don't like the fact he hasn't gone to israel as president. they don't see him as strong on israel as george w. bush was. and i talked to, yesterday, a jewish leader in new york about this question. he said, yes, there's some softness for the president in the jewish community. here's what he had to say. >> there are those who think the president has not been close enough to israel, has made somis steps. hadn't shown enough warmth toward israel.
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>> reporter: now mitt romney not to be outdone is competing in what some are calling the israel primary. he released a statement this morning. he's coming down very harshly against this process at the united nations about palestinians statehood. here's what he had to say. quote, what we are watching unfold at the united nations is an unmitt nated diplomatic disaster. it is the cull lynn nation of president obama's efforts over three years to throw israel under the bus and undermine its negotiating position. that policy must stop now. there is good political reason for why the republicans are coming down so hard on president obama when it comes to israel. if you look at some of the poll ing on this, president obama's approval rating among jewish-americans has fallen to 54%. president obama had nearly 8 out of every ten jewish vote ners the 2008 election. those were millions of jewish voters that the republicans would like to bring in to their
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tent. >> you mentioned rick perry will be holding a news conference in new york, joined by american american, jewish and israeli leaders. as soon as he steps up to the mike we will dip in. president obama is visiting the united nations and is due to meet with the libyan transitional government leader. >> he is trying to highlight the entry of the transitional libyan government on to the world stage. the transitional libyan government was recently seated to represent lib yachlt of course the white house having had u.s. involvement in the mission in libya is trying to mark the success, as they see it, of how that all developed. they are trying to garner support from the international community, and what we will be seeing from this hour is president obama meeting one-on-one with the head of the
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libyan transitional government mustafa abdel-jalil. he will also meet with a number of world leaders and talk about the way forward for libya. ban ki moon will speak. president obama will speak and he will sort of the outline some of the next steps the u.s. is taking. we know the white house, the u.s. they are moving towards establishing, reestablishing diplomatic relations with tripoli. there's talk of starting to lift sanctions and get money freed up for the libyan government but as the white house trying to do this, as president obama tries to highlight and give a boost to the transitional libyan government, it's really sort of an uphill battle. so much attention is being paid to the issue of palestinian statehood that you could argue it is getting in the way of what the white house is hoping to achieve with libya here. >> thank you. apparently the royal couple, prince william and kate are looking for a charity to focus
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their time on. what have you found out? >> it looks like they want to be part of opening a new children's cancer center at a hospital here in the u.k. this will happen next month. they are going to officially unveil a black. this is at the royal hospital here. princess diana used to be president of it and looks like prince william is taking over that role. they have been dedicated to charities. in fact, kate has been under the radar doing a lot of charity work and getting to know the people and groups. for example, like homeless shelters and others. she's decided, as has prince william, this is something they would be interested in doing. this is where they are going to put some of their fire power at and raise attention to kids with cancer. >> we will cover the opening that's for sure. thanks. inside the obama white house. one insider says it was a
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military members have to pay for uniforms but some won't be paying for their wedding dresses. 38 military brides got dresses at a shop during a military appreciation gaveaway. the shop's owner said it went so well they would do it again in the future for sure. a scathing new peek inside of the obama white house paints a dysfunctional work place, filled with infighting evens to tillty to the woman who work there. it is called account confident men" from ron suskind. and the quote kwoeks anita dunn saying this place would be in court for a hostile work place because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile work place for women. dunn says the quotes were taken out of context. an audiotape shared with the "washington post" shows that
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dunn actually qualified her comments by saying, if it were not for the president, et cetera, et cetera. she says she told the author, point blank, that the white house was not a hostile environment. the next guest served as deputy press secretary in the white house. bill burton, senior strategist with usa action and priorities usa. bill, you worked with anita dunn. was it or is it a hostile work environment for women? >> good morning. i did work with anita. i will say having served in the white house, i was there, ron suskind wasn't. i know the president brought on some of the most talented people of the generation to work in his white house and a lot of them happened to be women. when it came to national security issues he went to people like hillary clinton and susan rice and i think what the american people want to know about this white house is when it comes to talented women, who the president is going to and
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what's happening inside of the white house, the -- it is very important to the president he has a strong group of the most competent people on the planet, including a lot of women, including one of his top advisers valerie jarrett. are there times when heads butted together, sure. they want people to have strong opinions on the ideas they have. >> do you think that ron suskind is lying? >> i don't think that he is lying. i know he got a lot of facts wrong but i also know i was there and women played key roles and continue to. >> you think it was an innocent mistake and didn't have the entire quote? >> i think this does not reflect the president's commitment to having the best people on earth working in his administration. if you look at his administration. if you look at his record it is important to the president t that he get this right, that he have a lot of women who are surrounding him on the most important issues. >> bill, let me run something
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else by you. in the chicago tribune, it called for president obama to step aside saying the economy made him unelectable. here's the quote. obama might do his party a big favor. in hard times, he could slak this thirst by stepping aside and taking the blame and then someone less reviled could replace him and take the top of the ticket. what's your reaction. >> this isn't the first time that a president has had rocky numbers in his first term. there's going to be an election. there's going to be a campaign people will have a choice between the president's vision for where the country should go or rick perry or mitt romney's radical vision for where the country should go. t it will be a tough, close fight but i think the president will prevail. >> he is facing criticism from
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african-americans also. is his base deserting him? >> if you look at any number of polls, you can see if you go directly to the american people, directly to where democrats are, no. he actually has strong support among his base. more importantly, yes, the polls are going to go up and down but when you are a strong leader, doing things you think are right on behalf of the american people and not politically popular there will be anxiety. but in the fall people want somebody who will look at polls and use gallup daily track to make their decisions, they can vote for mitt romney but for a strong leader then president obama is that guy. >> do you think you will see president obama getting competition within his own party? >> it doesn't look like it. >> no further thought? >> it just doesn't seem that -- >> plain and simple you are
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saying no. >> nobody has indicated any desire to run against president obama in the primary. >> bill burton, appreciate you weighing in on a number of issues this morning, thank you. >> appreciate it. >> you bet. my pleasure. >> we are waiting for rick perry, gop front runner, to begin the news conference in new york. as soon as he starts to speak we will take it live. straight ahead, would you rather text or talk? a new study suggests a growing number of people prefer to let their fingers do the talking. we will explain more after the break. and coming up, nancy grace, she strapped on sequins and hit the dance floor. we will check out how well she did with "dancing with the stars." her big debut in showbiz headlines next. [ male announcer ] this is coach parker...
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a phone call or text message, which would you prefer? alison kosik is following the trends and technology. what are people saying? >> reporter: i think there's still hope for us yet. most people still want a phone call, but the fact is a big percentage of people would prefer a text. 31% and that percentage has been growing over the past few years. they say texting is faster, to the point. you can avoid unnecessary conversations. i don't know about you, but when you text it seems it never ends and i think why don't you pick up the phone and stop texting me over and over. a lot of it depends on your ages. if you are 18 to 29 year old you text an average of 88 times a
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day. that is time-consuming to me. and as you get older fewer texts come out of your i phone. how many times a day do you text? >> i have to admit, i'm really -- well, okay. i probably text more than i e-mail. let me come clean. >> okay. >> you don't like to talk to people, huh? >> i'm not a phone person anymore. it is true. look at that. it didn't even enter my mind thinking of phone calls. unless it is important. if you want to share some good news or if it is heart felt, but days of being on the phone for an hour and a half like when we were teenagers, forget about it. >> time is short in that case. >> with all the debt problems in greece and italy, that's something else we are talking about this morning. we can't let that slide. what do you think of wall street? can it realistically move past that and get a rally going? we have seen how it impacted us
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especially with regard to greece. >> you are right. talk to analysts and they say we're not going to see a rally that will stick until problems in europe are solved. europe is focused on wall street. greece is close to running out of money. we have standard & poors downgrading italy's credit rating last night. it shows the debt problems are spreading. europe is one of our biggest trading partners, and we are connected. if they go to a recession, we will be affected. you see wall street tentative today. although we are in the green. dow is up 28 and the nasdaq better by 11. the federal reserve begins its two-day meeting today. everybody is waiting to see if any stimulus measures come out of it. >> we will be watching that. dow is in a little positive territory as you mentioned brutally slammed by your peer and fatally slammed by a train. a rough night for some of us but pretty good one for charlie sheen, right, a.j. hammer?
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>> that's right. ever since charlie sheen's meltdown cost him his gig on "two and a half men," we have been eagering waiting to see how the show would handle it and they didn't pull any punch s. the show opened up with a funeral for sheen aes character that died a grisly death by being run over by a train. the review from the "new york times" is they were bent on revenge like the iraqi people pulli pulling a down statues on saddam hussein. and then you have comedy central running the roast on sheen. on top of that, today there are reports circulating that sheen in the studio behind men are close to a settlement over sheen's firing. sheen would reportedly get $25 million to settle his contract and residuals and all of that from the syndication. charlie is doing fine. >> be interesting.
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he knows how to turn himself around at all the right moments. speaking of the right moment, nancy grace making her debut with "dancing with the stars." she did pretty well. what do you think? >> no. i was impressed with nancy's fancy footwork doing the cha-cha cha. she got an okay store. she got 16. behind the pack but ahead of stars like ron artest. one review i of her dancing credited her with a surprise ing amount of rhythm. after the show she said it was a humbling experience but she is inspired by the support of her hln viewer and is taking the judges' criticism with a positive attitude. the elimination is up next. we will see if she can make the cut and keep going but i think she will. >> i think so, too. she's a fighter and she has some rhythm. she has that good irish teacher next to her, as well. real housewives got cut from their show. i understand you actually spoke to one of them?
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>> yeah. i had a rather interesting chat with cindy. one of the four house wives from real housewives of new york not coming back in season. i asked if the move is something that caught her by surprise. watch what she told me. >> by the end of the show, during the finale, everyone was not getting along. a major degree. it was hard to film together. >> isn't that what the show is supposed to be. >> when you hit below the belt, you don't want to go to the same charity events and so on and so forth. how can we film? >> even some drama apparently too much for the real housewives of new york. >> a.j. hammer. by the way, i'd like to see you do a little "dancing with the stars." i bet you have some moves. >> not a chance. ahead the military ends the don't ask don't tell policy which banned gays from openly serving. we will hear from vets who were
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cram congressman fits that bill in bob turner. he oofb obviously is the leading voice on this issue we are speaking about today and i'm joined today by a very diverse group of jewish leaders from here in the united states and abroad. they share my concern that the united nations could take action this week to legitimize the palestinian gambit to establish statehood in violation of the spirit of the 1990s low accords. we are indig nate that certain middle east earn leaders have discarded the principle of negotiations between the sovereign nation of israel and palestinian leadership.
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and we are equally indig nate of the obama administration and their middle east policy of appeasement that is encouraged such an ominous act of bad faith. simply put, we would not be here today, at this have preface if the obama policy wasn't naive, arrogant, misguided and dangerous. it must be said first that israel is our oldest and strongest ally in the middle east. a democratic ally in the middle east. it has been for more than 60 years. the obama policy of moral equivalency which gives equal standing to the grievances of israelis and palestinians,
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including the orchestraters of terrorism, is a very dangerous insult. there is no middle ground between our allies and those who seek their destruction. america should not be am bill lent between the terrorist tactics of hamas and the security tactics of the legitimate and free state of israel. by proposing indirect talks, rather than between palestinian leaders and israel, this administration encouraged the palestinians to shun direct talks. secondly it was wrong for this administration to suggest the 1967 border should be the starter point for israel/palestinian negotiations. when you consider the suggestion of those borders was made on the
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eve of israel prime minister's visit, we see the american administration having a willingness to isolate a close ally and to do so in a manner that is both insulting and naive. thirdly, by injecting the issue of the 1967 borders, in addition to a kon construction freeze in east jerusalem and the israeli settlements, the obama administration put israel in a position of weakness. taking away their flexibility to offer concessions as part of the negotiation process. indeed bolstered by the obama administration policies and at the u.n., the palestinians are exploiting the instability in the middle east hoping to
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achieve their objective without concessions and direct negotiations with israel. and the reason is simple. if they perceive they can get what they want through the u.n. without making any concessions, why should they negotiate with israel? well, the administration is right to finally agree to fight the arab resolution in the u.n., it bears repeating, we wouldn't be here today if they had stuck to some basic principles concerning palestinian statehood. first is that palestinian leaders must publicly affirm israel's right to exist and to exist as a jewish nation, a jewish state. [ applause ] president secondly president abbas must persuade all of the factions, including hamas, to renounce acts of terrorism and
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released kidnapped israeli shalit. and third, palestinian statehood must be established only through direct negotiations between palestinian leadership and the nation of israel. [ applause ] by not insisting on those principles, the obama administration has appeased the arab street at the expense of our national security interest. they have sewed instability that threatens the prospect of peace. israel security is critical to america's security. we must not forget it was israel who had the nuclear capabilities
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of iraq in 1981 and syria in 2007. in both instances, their actions made this free world safer. today -- [ applause ] today, the greatest threat to the security of israel, and by extension a threat to america, is the iranian government and their development of a nuclear arsenal. one thing is clear. we must stop iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. [ applause ] economic sanctions must be tightened and increased. all options must remain on the table to stop a brutally repressive regime from acquiring a nuclear capability. to date, we have fumbled our
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greatest opportunity for regime change. average iranian citizens were marching on teheran in the green revolution in 2009. america was wasting precious time on a naive policy of outreach to both the iranian and the syrian governments. who knows what leadership of iran would look like today if america had done everything within our power to provide both the diplomatic and the moral support to encourage the growing movement of dissidents that sought freedom. our actions, in recent years, have destabilize the middle east. we have been complacent in encouraging revolt against hostile governments and iran and
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syria and we have been slow to recognize the risks posed by the new regime in egypt, and the increasingly strained relationship between israel and turkey. it's vitally important for america to preserve those alliances with moderate muslim regimes. and muslim leaders must seek peace and stability in their region. but today, neither adversaries or allies know where america stands. our model of a foreign policy has created greater uncertainty in the midst of this arab spring. our policy of isolating and undermining israel has only encouraged our adversaries in their aggressiveness.
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with this end run of the palestinian statehood imminent before the u.n., america must act swiftly. first, every nation within the u.n. must know america stands with israel. [ applause ] and that we stand with the ossl prince principle of direct negotiations. >> in violation of the spirit of the oslo accord and that they could jeopardize our funding of u.n. operations. [ applause ] and thirdly the palestinians must know their gambit comes at a cost and certainly has
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consequences. in particular, that america will have to reconsider the $4 billion in assistance we have provided the palestinians in the last 17 years. and lastly, we must close the plo office in washington if the u.n. grants -- [ applause ] israel is our friend. israel is our ally. i i've travelled there a number of times. met with the leaders. it's not a perfect nation but its existence is critical to america's security in the world. it's time to change our policy of appeasement toward the palestinians. to strengthen our ties with the nation of israel. and in the process establish a
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robust american position in the middle east characterized by a new firmness and a new resolve. if america does not head off the aggression of forces, hostile to israel, we will only embolden them. that would be a tragic mistake. to further speak on this issue, it is my on to introduce a powerful voice of support for america and israel, the deputy speaker -- >> front runner rick perry holding a press conference in new york. we are going to take a little bit of what he said and throw it at our political buzz coming up after the break. and we are waiting to hear from the president of the united states. he is speaking at the u.n. general assembly. he has apparently met with the transitional council in libya. when he starts speaking, we will take that live as well.
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political buzz. your rapid fire a look at the best political topics of the day. three questions, 30 seconds on the clock and playing today is robert zimmerman, robert tram and cnn contributor will cain. you were probably listening to rick perry speaking in new york. he called the obama's administration policy on new york, arrogant, naive, misguided and dangerous. is this a growing problem for the president? >> i think there is a larger narrative right now with whether or not the president is a friend of israel or not and whether that will impact the jewish vote specifically in the presidential swing state of florida or not. we expect republicans to say this about the president. they have always said it about any president. the question is whether the narrative won't gain traction
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and whether or not or not jewish voters will heed the call. time will tell. >> sorry about that, i forgot we had two roberts. >> that. robert z. that works. >> the security of the state of israel has to be above politics and games. and to listen to governor perry at the -- at this kre critical where they are working together to block palestinian state recognition, i have never seen such a partisan maneuver to undermine the government working to block a palestinian state. >> i will take one issue that time will tell on this issue. i'm thinking time halz already told. when bob turner was elected to congress in new york, a week or two ago, it revealed several
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issues that are a referendum on the obama administration from the economy to possibly on gay marriage, but definitely on the yiesh issue israel. if they can be seen siding with palestinian, it is an issue for obama. ron suskind's new book, he describes the president undermined by his aides in a white house that is hostile to women. secretary geithner among others are pushing back hard. take a listen. >> i haven't read this book, but to borrow a phrase, i live the reality. and the reports i have read about this book bear no resemblance to the reality we live together. no resemblance. >> what do you think? whose version will voters believe? robert zimmerman? >> well, maybe i different from
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robert and will but when i think of people i want to gossip about, they don't make the cut. so i know the book will be a great fas nait nation the beltway because the beltway finds it fascinating but for the rest of us we will focus on putting america back to work. the critical meetings in the united nations and making sure the nation is competitive again. >> will? >> not tim geithner. that's who voters will believe. by the way, the obama administration needs to be careful. apparently ron suskind has quotes to back up the contentions in the book. i would disagree with robert on one thing. this aspect of ron suskind's book is a paint brush, a stroke and a larger picture, along with the rolling stone article about general mcchrystal, that paints the obama administration as inexperienced in management and that picture can resonate with voters as it comes together. >> robert trayhham. >> i think the truth lies in the middle. probably both are telling the
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truth and little white lies. if some women in the obama administration that went on record and if this is what they said, i don't know how you dispute that. however, i can easily the see the author taking it out of context or embellishing quotes and so forth. i think the truth lies between. at the end of the day president obama will be up for re-election and his name will be on the ballot and more importantly his policies will be on the ballot and we will see what the american people died. >> finally -- >> you have a think about gossiping about anita dunn. i can tell. >> we will save that for the next debate final question, don't ask, don't tell officially over today. what does this say about where we are as a country about gay rights? >> it doesn't say anything. the don't ask, don't tell issue wasn't or properly shouldn't be a civil or gay rights issue. the issue is, is the military in prime position to kill our
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enemies and defend our country? and the debate whether gays should serve openly or not was geared toward how it served the military. if you want a referendum on the status of gays in our country look at the marriage law in new york. >> this issue like most shows the public is far ahead of the politicians. the repeal of don't ask don't tell was overturned through a massive grassroots movement and by the gay and lesbian movement and the work of murphy. the next thing is marriage equality. it is a national issue that the president should stand with the majority of americans in supporting. >> my parents and grandparents were children of the civil rights movement and they jumped for joy when the civil rights bill was passed in 1964. as a gay american, i jump for joy that gays and lesbians and people that look and choose to sleep with whom ever they sleep with are allowed to serve openly in the military.
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>> gentlemen, thank you very much. appreciate it. the united nations is targeting diseases on the rise in countries least equipped to deal with. the sanjay gooup gupta explains after the break. to the next le. ♪ so let'so a littleetective work. pick up what we need. roll out...caulk...and install. and pretty soon, we're seeing the fruits of our labor right there at our bottom line. more saving. more doing. that's the power of the home depot. right now, owens corning ecotouch attic insulation is only $12.50 a roll.
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so lily and i are back on the road again. with zyrtec®, i can love the air®. for only the second time in its history the united nations has placed a health topic on its agenda. sanjay gupta is live from the u.n. so there is a sense of urgency among world leaders at the general assembly this week. explain to us what the issue is here with regard to combatting these diseases. >> reporter: last time it was on the agenda was ten years ago and it was about hiv aids at that time. a lot of people know the progress that's been made on hiv aids over the past decade.
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what they now realize is that while the issue of hiv aids there's still work that needs to be done, noncommunicable diseases call more deaths anywhere than in the world than infectious diseases. three out of five deaths they predict are caused by these types of noncommunicable diseases. the sense of urgency is in part not only because of the scope of the problem being better identified but there are solutions that are available, solutions that work in terms of preventing these diseases on most places on earth. they were thought to be the diseases of affluent, developed country and now we find they affect people just about anywhere. i think there is a sense of urgency in terms of health and the economics of it as well, kyra. >> stay with me. we are looking at live pictures of the president. he had a chance to the meet with libya's new government the
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transitional council and we will take him live as soon as he steps up to the mike. while we wait for him to do that. one more question with you, if we have time here. with regard to the action plan from this point on. with regard to, you know, the trajectory of cancer, diabetes, lung disease, all the diseases you have been talking about. >> well, some of it will sound familiar, frankly, kyra. tobacco, there's 1.3 billion smokers in the world. the number is expected to come up. countries are coming together to address that and realizing when it comes to heart disease and cancers so much of it can be prevented. it is effecting younger people all over the world. cancers, for example, vaccines to prevent hepatitis, human papilloma virus. both viruss are lead to cancer. if vaccines are more readily available, everywhere on the planet, you can start to catch the disease early and prevent
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them from taking hold. millions of dollars now to save trillions later on is how ban ki moon put it in his opening address. so there is that sense of urgency again, kyra. >> thank you so much, sanjay. you must mentioned booe mention and we are looking at live pictures of ban ki moon. and we are looking at the u.n. flag and libya's new flag. this is the flag ceremony. the president is in the room. we are expecting him to speak once the ceremony concludes. we will take that live as soon as it happens. also coming up, no clemency for troy davis due to die by lethal injection tomorrow. we'll get reaction from the mother of the police officer that davis is convicted of killing. we'll show you other people's winning hotel bids. >>so i'll know how much to bid... ...and save up to 60% >>i'm in i know
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i want to remind you to stay with us. the president of the united states is getting ready to speak at the united nations. ban ki moon conducting the flag ceremony. the new flag that you are about to see of libya. the president had a chance to meet with the members of the new transitional council and we will brief you on that and take the president live at the top of the hour. we will take a quick break. i can't enjoy my own barbecue with these nasal allergies.
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