tv Around the World CNN November 13, 2013 9:00am-10:01am PST
welcome to the "around the world." i'm suzanne malveaux. >> and i'm michael holmes. we are going to go first of although to toronto. >> rob ford, the mayor there, embattled admitting that he in fact, used crack cocaine. he is before the city council answering a number of questions. let's listen in. >> that we deliver in the city. has there been any service that's been disrupted as a result of what's been happening? or slowed down in any manner? >> simple answer, counselor, is no. >> so everything continued to function garbage pick up, turn on your tap, water comes out, everything, would? >> that's correct counselor. >> when it comes to committees,
have committees continued to function and chairs attending and responding to the issues and the items on those committees? >> they all have continued, yes, counselor. >> okay. and as we know, there's a motion coming forward later. the recommendations within this motion, is there any part of this motion or these recommendations that are, in fact, enforceable or are these symbolic or are they suggestions? have you had an opportunity to have a look at that mr. city manager? >> all i would say, counselor, is as they are outlined in the motion, they are requests. >> they're requests. >> yes.
>> so they're not the same type of recommendations in other issues that we deal with, that in fact, are actions and become enforceable? this is different? >> correct. >> okay. >> thank you, madame speaker. >> thank you. okay. so that's it for the questions. now, we'll go to speakers. the mayor, mayor ford, you want to speak at the end, correct? it's your item. do you want to speak first or do you want to speak at the end? >> i'd like to speak first since its his item. >> thank you. so counselor min anyone wong, have you five minutes. >> madame chair, today the whole world is watching. what will they see? a world class city demonstrating world class values? it already knows we know longer
have world class leadership. but those watching don't know yet if we can sift out of the small politics of personal gain and instead of jackying for position or advantage do the right thing. not for ourselves, not against the mayor, but for the institution of the city of toronto and its government upon which so many of our citizens depend. if we retreat behind legalese and say that no law has been broken, no wrong has been done, we miss the point made with such urgency around every dinner table because it is known so clearly in every parent's worrying heart that the values that matter most in forging the life of an individual or of a city come not from the law and justice but from clear and consistent expressions of what is write and wrong. when presented with the choice of doing the right. >> that is toronto council mann denzil minnan-wong speaking now
at this council meeting which is ahead of a motion to get the mayor, rob ford,ing to step aside to deal with his "personal problems." the mayor saying he's not going to do any such thing. paula newton is standing by to talk about this. paula, this has just been absolutely extraordinary. i mean theater is probably the wrong word. it's a bit of an embarrassment, isn't it? >> reporter: it's an embarrassment but also quite sad. it's an incredible tragedy. what people out here are witnessing is like an intervention, like we've all gotten off the therapist's couch. this man has again and again admitted to the fact that he has done things that criminally are wrong, not just morally wrong. and this was predicted to be that kind of an inquisition. that's exactly what we're getting today. it is getting ugly. i can tell you there's been a lot of heckling, no matter who is speaking at a given time. i want you to hear now what crucially mayor ford said in
answer to a direct question about his drug use. >> mr. mayor, have you purchase illegal drugs in the last two year years? >> careful. >> yes, i have. >> thank you. >> you know, despite the fact that he admitted that there, michael, he says look, i'm not going anywhere. i'm going to stay in this job. i can do my job when his friend, the counselor standing next to him asked him, look, are you addicted to drugs? are you addicted to alcohol? he stood up and said categorically, absolutely not. it is going on and on here, michael. this doesn't show any sign of ending for at least a few hours. they'll be at a lunch break soon. the mayor predicted this would happen, that he would be publicly u milliated this way. this is what he's saying is happening. it's sad for many, many people,
even those angry with rob ford, many wondering if this is really appropriate. >> he apologized and said he spoke to his family, that he's getting professional help here. what canning this council do essentially? i mean, can they say look, do they have the power to kick him out of office? >> this is all pretty much an exercise in moral authority. i think that's another thing that angers many people. as much satisfaction as perhaps the counselors are getting out of this right now, it isn't going to matter for much at the end of the day. they cannot remove him from office. he says he'll continue to stay in office. it doesn't matter if this motion pas. it looks like they've got at least two-thirds of the council will pass it. it will not change the fact that the mayor is in charge of the city still. there's another motion coming which could strip the mayor of those powers. that's coming way off in the distance. right now everyone is completely riveted by a man essentially going through a therapy session and really is on the spot every minute answering questions like
you would be in a court of law really. suzanne. >> all right. >> extraordinary stuff. one of the counselors there was actually asking if he would sit down and have a conversation with him to discuss his issues. he can't be -- it's important to note in canada, the mayor of the city has not got the same powers that a mayor in the united states has got it's limited. >> it's a little deja vu for me. i used to live in washington, d.c. former marylandon berry on tape smoking crack cocaine going through the whole motions. eventually he lost his job. eventually he was redeemed. >> he's still on council. >> he is. so you never know where it is all going to end up. >> mayor rob ford in toronto not going anywhere. it looks like the council can't make him. he is going to speak later on. we will bring that to you live when it happens. at the moment, council members are getting to have five minutes each to basically make statements now. that's what's happening in the council chambers. >> we're following this. this is an overpowering stench
of death hanging in the air. this is in the philippine disaster zone five days after that monster tie upon hit. bodies are still decaying in the sun. it is unbelievable the tragedy. the roads are blocked with debris. survivors, you can imagine they are growing more and more desperate every hour every day. >> here's the latest now. the confirmed death toll from the haiyan tie upon now stands at 2,275, although no one believes it's going to stay there. it's going to go up, more people are reported missing. bodies are still everywhere under that debris you're looking at there. body bags have started to arrive. but sadly not enough. authorities say 2 million people are in need of food and water. more than 11 million overall in some way impacted by the typhoon. >> tons of food from around the world have started arriving in the philippines. the world food program alone has
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>> everyone in this chamber is copping across shoalyer than thou, lilly white, none of you have ever done anything wrong, have you, ever? never. never. the question is, have you ever smoked marijuana? have you ever smoked marijuana? hold it. have you ever ever smoked marijuana it's a question. it's simple. a yes or a no. have you smoked marijuana? >> point of privilege. >> okay. >> the answer i guess is yes. the answer is yes, i guess. >> counselor ford. >> i would like everyone else to stand up who has tried smoking marijuana. >> counselor ford. >> the whole council will stand up. >> councillor ford. >> don't come across that you're holier than thou because you aren't. every one of you are not. >> order. >> never drank, never driven -- >> councillor ford, counselor
ford -- >> everyone should be careful about throwing rocks into a glass house. >> point of order. >> it is off. >> privilege. >> have you ever done illicit drugs minnan-wong? i know the answer. i know the answer. >> you can see the brother there, of course, accusing the body of being hypocrites when it comes to drug use here. and you know, this is something that i believe they've taken a recess. we're going to hear back from the mayor again who continue to defend himself because he says look, i've been dealing with this with my family. i'm seeing a professional here. i'm a hard-working guy, and he earlier today challenged everybody, those council members. he said i put my 13 years up against yours. i've done a good job. he called himself a role model. >> he did. that councilman we were watching before who was speaking, counselman wong, is very anti-ford. there he is there. and he has been minnan-wong.
he has been gunning for the mayor on this issue and the mayor fighting back, and that question from the mayor's brother was initially directed at that the council member there. and unbelievable. unseemly stuff. as paula newton was saying earlier, sad in so many ways it's being conducted on a public stage. they're trying to get him to step down, he says no way, not happening >> we'll get much more of this as they've adjourned briefly. they're going to come back and try to sort this out. the mayor again will be defending himself. they don't have the power necessarily to take him out of office. >> no. all right. we'll be right back here on "around the world." la's known definitely for its traffic, congestion, for the smog. but there are a lot of people that do ride the bus. and now that the buses are running on natural gas, they don't throw out as much pollution into the air. so i feel good. i feel like i'm doing my part to help out the environment.
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welcome back to "around the world." a new survey finds president obama's approval rating has now dropped to the lowest number since he became president. the latest quinnipiac university polling showed 54% of voters disapprove of how the president is handling his job. compare that to october 1st when obama's disapproval rating was 49%. now this comes after the disastrous roll out of the obama care website. >> right now, his approval rating just 39%. you see it there on your screen. now, also for the first time in quinnipiac's polling history, a majority of americans now say the president is not trustworthy. 52% say he is not honest and trustworthy. that compares to 44% who say he is. >> but americans think that congress is doing a far worse
job actually than the president. this new gallup poll released today finds only 9% approve of the job congress is doing. 9%. it is the lowest congressional approval rating in the 39 years that gallup has actually asked the question. the reason that people give, the top reason here of course, it's understandable is the partisanship, the bickering that is surrounding the partial government shutdown that happened just last month. >> in anyone's language, 9% is staggering. i mean -- you could get friends and family to make up 9%. that is amazing. right now on capitol hill actually, a congressional committee is grilling the man charged with fixing the flawed obama care website. todd park is the white house's top technology officer. he was subpoenaed last week by the committee's republican chairman, representative darrell issa. now the white house fought to have him testify in december instead. >> so the administration they said, well, he's way too busy. he's under this deadline to get
the site fixed in two weeks. so they lost that battle. here's what park said today about the improvements that they're making on the site. >> getting better week by week. some days are better than others. if you look at the trend line, things are getting better. one metric of the user experience is called system response time, the rate at which the website responds to user requests like displaying a page that you want. just a few weeks ago, that rate was on average eight seconds across the system which is totally unacceptable. it's now actually under a second today. >> meanwhile, we're hearing more evidence that the website may not be fixed by the end of the month as planned. joe johns joining us from washington. dana bash is on capitol hill. joe, let's start with you. the same question we've been asking for weeks. anything about when this website could be fixed? >> no real specifics on that, but we do know the administration has said repeatedly the website will be functional for the vast majority of americans by the end of this month. clearly, that suggests it won't
be perfect by the end of the month. the administration's been saying that for more than a week now that the system can process up to 17,000 registrations an hour. also important i think to point out that there's been a decidedly political tint to all of the testimony and the questions today. one of the senior members of the committee even bringing up that comment that former president clinton made just yesterday that the administration needed to make good on its promise that anybody who wanted to have their insurance could keep it. listen. >> it's kind of interesting to see as obama care implodes how everybody's running for cover. yesterday, we saw the former president of the united states, bill clinton, throw the current president under the bus, so to speak on this issue. >> so a lot of politics in this hearing, as you might expect.
michael and suzanne. >> of course, democrats we're hearing them and heard the reference to former president bill clinton that in fact, he according to one lawmaker threw the president under the bus. dana bash joining us from capitol hill. what does it look like? it seems like you've got a list of people, a long line that are starting to hammer, weigh in on this and hammer the president on this issue. >> look, exactly. and you're exactly right. and that is because from the democrats' point of view, they want this problem. all of these problems fixed because they'd like this law. and politically, they are on record for the most part voting for this law. so that is why they are eager to get it fixed. i'm told just this morning, there was a private meeting here on capitol hill with administration officials, and house democrats really let these officials have it, very frustrated. i was told that the meeting got pretty heated. obviously, house members in general are known as -- are not known as people who will hide their complaints. it's not that unusual but i'm
told specifically on the question of whether people can keep the plan if they like it, that is a very big political challenge for democrats because house republicans have a bill, they're going to put it on the floor on friday. and house democrats want to have some kind of alternative whether it's the administration doing it executively or if they can't if they'll come up with something they think democrats can propose or put out there legislatively. they want some alternative because they feel a lot of pressure to vote for a republican bill, many of them, that the administration insists would completely undermine it the whole system. >> dana bash, joe johns, thank you very much. they want this resolved as quickly as possible because it's starting to impact the democrats, their own party and how they're viewed and obama health care. >> elections respect that far away. people have short memories. the shutdown and the damage that did to the republicans might be getting shifted onto the
democrats now. when we come back, this story is, just continues to stun and amaze with what you are seeing there on the screen. homes just varnished. debris everywhere. people homeless. bodies in the street. >> it has been five days since the typhoon hit the philippines. we are just now seeing the full impact on the ground. how the hardest hit area looks. it is like a war zone.
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>> thank you. >> rob ford has said again and again that he would not step down as mayor of toronto. and he repeated that today, as well. he even predicted he would win re-election next october. >> hmm. well, five days ali velshi supertie upon haiyan decimated parts of the philippines aid just trickling in into the hardest hit areas. >> storm survivors growing desperate every day with each passing day. the numbers are just staggering. imagine this. we were talking about more than 11 million people directly affected by this storm. as many as 2 million of them are in need of food and water. >> tons of food from around the world have started arriving in the philippines, but there's now a shortage of aircraft and trucks to get them out to the people who need it most. people who have gone for days without food and many of them without water, as well. let's go live to the disaster
zone. anna coren part of our team is in cebu. anna, reports of survivors so desperate for food that the situation has turned violent, even deadly. there have been reports of gunfire. criminals getting involved in taking the food. what is the latest there? >> reporter: yeah, michael, we're getting the same reports. there was apparently a stampede at a aware house that was stocking rice, and eight people were killed. you know, michael, it's not surprising that this level of desperation has led to this. recently, we were out with the military on an aid drop in goian in eastern province the first town hit by super tie fan haiyan. and people raced to the airfield once we landed. they're desperate. they have been without food, without clean water, without basic necessities for days now.
they are scavenging whatever remains they can find and they were basically begging us. they need help. we were on the ground for all of 20 minutes delivering supplies. there were bags of rice, there were pallets of bottled water but perhaps it was enough to go around for several hundred families. there were 50,000 people in this township. and much of this area has not been accessed. so that just gives you an idea of the level of frustration of confusion, of desperation really here on the ground. that is only one township. so people are taking desperate measures. they are taking matters into their own hands and sadly, that is leading to violence. that is leading to looting. and you know, when we did travel to that particular township, there were several dozen police on that plane there to really restore law and order, michael. >> anna coren there in cebu. thanks so much. >> one of the hard things about
this too, you're talking about security and people who left their homes who can't come back. there's no place to go. no place to go at all. >> they had bad weather. there was a lot of rain in the last 24 hours. people couldn't go inside because there is no inside in tacloban. there is nothing left. >> u.s. troops are joining the mission to try to help the people in the philippines. marines are stationed in okinawa now bringing tons of food. airplanes capable of delivering it to the people in some remote areas we have been talking about. they have been cut off from communications or any way really to seek some shelter and to get some place safer. >> we need more people to help. >> is this what you call okay? there's no okay. there's no okay here. all the dead bodies over there, au underneath the galvanized metal roofing and wooden debris. it stinks over there.
>> really. you really don't blame them for being angry. five days in, a lot of people have had no aid. while aid organizations are doing the best they can given the damage they have to deal with to get the stuff out of there, a lot of people saying the central government acted too slowly, has not done enough to coordinate this. >> now you have a health crisis. there is no safe water and food and there are bodies in the streets. if you would like to help, you can do something about this, the people who have been impacted by the storm want you to do this. check out our website to see how you can lend a hand. there are many different ways. cnn.com/impact. you can make a difference here. we'll be right back. for those nights when it's more than a bad dream, be ready. for the times you need to double-check the temperature on the thermometer, be ready. for high fever, nothing works faster or lasts longer. be ready with children's motrin.
so right now on capitol hill, the house subcommittee on intelligence is meeting. we can actually show it to you or tell you who is there yet. that is a secret. but we do know it's part of an ongoing quest for answers about the terror attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. drew is here to talk a little bit about what we suspect is going to happen in that room. who is on the hot seat today? >> my sources, if they're correct, these house members are going to be hearing from three members of the cia's security team that were in benghazi the night of the attack and suzanne, and michael, these would be the people that actually led a kind of renegade rescue mission in these two black suvs. they were assigned to the cia annex. their job was to protect the cia in whatever mission the cia was conducting in benghazi. there's a lot of questions just
about that. that's who we think are behind closed doors testifying. that does include the leader of this security team. it's a five-man team. we think it's three people involved, all of them contracted to protect the cia. >> you've got of course, powerful senators blocking appointments, presidential appointments because of this and saying they want answers. so much of this has been so political. you know, the real question to me anyway is why was the ambassador there on such an anniversary? the decision to even go? what's your sense about the politicizing of this. >> you know, i think you capital look at this in a vacuum. there's a lot of animosity up on capitol hill between primarily republicans in congress and the administration. on all matters. they think they're not getting the truth on the rs, the fast and furious, the obama care issues. this is yet again one more issue which they feel they have had really not all the details.
and that includes the details of before, what was the cia doing there? what was the ambassador doing there on that day in why were there not military assets in a position to save him during the attack, who if anybody withheld any kind of rescue? and after the fact, you know, one of the big questions they have is why haven't more people been arrested in this attack. those are real legitimate questions that i have been told these congressmen want. there also is a strong element of mistrust and politicizing going on, as well. >> do you think we'll get those kinds of answers? are we going to hear the same thing we've heard from some of those in congress saying this is the reason why former secretary of state hillary clinton can't run in 2016 and become president? are we going to get to the meat part of this, do you think? >> i think that the congressmen involved on this committee will now get to the meat part. they want to interview people who were on the ground in benghazi, not their bosses who are getting filtered
information, but the question is now it's in this intelligence committee where all this stuff is supposedly secret. i think the best we're going to learn is whether or not these congressmen and fraps senator graham are now satisfied with the answer they have. >> drew griffin here. >> thank you, drew. justice department is now clearing the way for the world's largest airline carrier. how this marcher between american airlines and usa airwas could impact how much it coughs to fly. that's next on "around the world." i love chalk and erasers. but change is coming. all my students have the brand new surface. it has the new windows and comes with office, has a real keyboard, so they can do real work. they can use bing smartsearch to find anything in the world... or last night's assignment. and the battery lasts and lasts, so after school they can skype, play games, and my favorite...do homework. change is looking pretty good after all. ♪
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a new poll finds in a match-up of president, we're talking about this already, 2016, we're still three years off, hillary clinton and new jersey governor chris christie, this poll found they would actually tie each other. >> so check it out. this is the poll quinnipiac university. about 43% of american voters would back republican governor
chris christie. 42% would vote for former secretary of state hillary clinton. now, clinton actually leads other possible republican candidates by 9 points. including senator rand paul, senator ted cruz, and congressman paul ryan. we're already talking about it. >> we are. one more hurdle has been cleared meanwhile for what may soon be the biggest airline in the world. the justice department, we talked about this here yesterday, opening the door for american airlinesen and us airways to become one big super airline. what does that mean for you. >> got to bring in our richard quest. what does it mean? we're all flyers. we love to travel. are we talking about higher ticket prices, skinnier aisles, bigger seats? what do we know? >> i think that's what everybody wants to know. in terms of the second part of your question, no, absolutely. there will be more aircraft. american airlines has put in the largest single order for aircraft, more than 400 narrow body planes. they're taking delivery of one
new plane each week. and all the airlines in the united states, delta, american, united are all spending huge sums of money on refurbishing what are, frankly, rather aged and tired interiors. now, on the fares front, yes, there will be an effect. slightly less competition. but i don't see there's going to be a massive rocketing up in prices. instead, i think what this consolidation will do, and what the industry seems to think it will do, it will create certain definite areas of competition. some people will pay a bit more, but ultimately i think competition will keep prices under control. look at -- you'll see there, in that graph, you see perfectly matched united 15% of market share. delta 16.3. the new usair wears/american has 20%. but it won't be long before southwest and jetblue and virgin america are all nipping at their feet to try and take some of that. >> you know, i always like your
thoughts on this because i'm just one of the punters sitting down the back end of the plane and everything. but i don't know. your gut feeling is when they all consolidate as we put it, i don't know. i'm immediately suspicious. >> yeah. but they're not making much money. get over it! i mean, the margins that airlines make at the moment is pitiful compared to the amount of revenue that they bring in. yes, they may make $400 million or $300 million in a quarter, but they're bringing in billions of dollars in revenue. their margins are wafer thin. oil is 30 to 40% of that ircost. another 30 odd% goes to labor. they've got antiquated air traffic control systems. any idea that this is some ridiculous cash cow of an industry spewing out money wherever it can is absolute nonsense. this is an industry that if you were starting from scratch, you
would put your money in a sock under the bed because frankly, you would have lost more money with airlines than you would ever have made. >> richard, mou do you explain the fact that we're all crammed in there at this point. you don't get the blanket, you don't get peanuts. you don't get anything. you're nickel and dimed. how do explain what's happening 0 to us, the passengers? >> economics. >> too bad. that's what you're saying >> what do you want? what do you want, suzanne? i know what you want. >> i want a back rub. >> you want a seat. you want a meal. you want a blanket. you want to have extra room around you. you want -- but you don't want to pay for it. and then somebody comes along, a southwest or a spirit and says, well hang on. you don't need that. we won't charge you for it but somebody else will. you can't have it both ways. this is an industry that was born in the last century. it matured late in the century. and is still losing money at the
first whiff of geopolitical problems. >> yeah. you're right. >> oh, and -- and don't forget. while the u.s. carriers have to pull themselves back, you've got emirates, qatar, all the big gulf carriers that are bringing -- emirates is bringing three or four a-380 jumbos every day into new york. what does that do? sucks out the passengers. >> richard, you're absolutely right. i do want it all. >> including the back rub. he knows these airlines. i'd be frightened to know how many frequent flyer miles he's got. a gazillion. would that be right? >> i'm sorry, the line's gone very bad. >> two gazillion frequent flyer miles. >> if you think i'm revealing that ---ing >> two gazillion. quest, good to see you my friend
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potential targets or a now member of the royal family. >> the duchess of cambridge's name was on a handwritten list of targets found on a private investigator arrested in connection to britain's news of the world hacking scandal. max foster is our royals correspondent in london. tell us whether or not was she ever hacked to begin with? >> well, there's no evidence of that. but what's interesting about this charge on going and complicated trial is at the very center of it is lots of evidence from a private investigator hired by the news of the world. he's admitted to hacking. what they found in his offices in 2006 was a piece of paper, a handwritten piece of paper, the title of it was "target evaluation," with it 1 names which included kate middleton, obviously the duchess of cambridge now. no evidence she was actually hacked but it does appear she was a target. that's the case that the prosecution are making at least. also on the list, various other
people, very close to the royal family. so two senior members of staff in prince harry's household. also one of prince harry's very close friends. so glen mull care providing a lot of information coming out here, some of it circumstantial but the case the prosecution is making is there was a clear strategy here, a plan of action who they're going to hack and how. >> they're looking very much into proving that planning side of it. surprising names on there. angelina jolie, not her name but an interesting link. >> yeah, and actually, this whole bit about kate middleton was part of that case they were making. they're not saying kate was hacked but they are saying that angelina jolie's body double was hacked. she's called eunice. they were friends at the time. and she talked about how she constantly had these problems accessing her voice mail and the access code to it. she struggled to get it right. and the prosecution say that
evidence in mull care's office showed that he had access to her voice mail. so stories about the relationship that angelina jolie may or may not have had with brad pitt are linked into this. they're suggesting that the paper got this information from hacking the body double's voice mail. so we're getting a bigger picture of what the prosecution is actually claiming in this trial. >> really is an extraordinary case. >> a lot of different links. >> max, good to see you following things for us. the united states set to become the world's top energy producer by 2015. that's the word today from a report from the international energy agency. what's fuelinging this u.s. boom is huge investment in producing natural gas and oil from shale. one thing that's made that possible is new and controversial to many people technologies like hydraulic fracking. right now, the biggest global crude oil producers are saudi arabia, russia, huge in that
industry, china, canada, and the united arab ep rats but party won't last forever as of course, limited resources are expected to slap a cap on shale oil production within the next ten years. >> and thousands of venezuelans are flocking to electronic stores after the president med dora took over five stores and demanded the owners to lower the prices. so the national guard is carrying assault rifles, believe it or not, to keep order at the stores as these bargain hunters rushed in to get the best deals. just two weeks ago, the president declared an early christmas season complete with bonuses. critics say this is all part of a political stunt in time for december's elections. >> well, in moscow, check this out. a subway station offering free tickets but guess what, there's a catch. you've got to do 30 squats within two minutes for one free ride. >> the russian olympic committee
unveiled this special vending machine that counts the number of squats before issuing the free tickets. the machine is part of a campaign to promote exercise and, of course, the upcoming winter olympics in 2014. can you do that many squats? >> are you kidding? no, i've got a bad knee. thanks for watching "around the world." that will do it for us. >> "cnn newsroom" with wolf blitzer starts right now. >> this is cnn breaking news. we've got major breaking news here. i'm wolf blitzer reporting from washington. as you remember, the president promised that if you liked your health insurance policy, you could keep it. that hasn't exactly worked out. and as we're learning right now, california may be the hardest hit by this of all. joining us now our investigations correspondent chris frats who has been investigating what's going on, specifically in california. what are you learning? >> that's right, wolf. we've learned about a million peep in the state of california got cancellation