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elections. at stake today, control of the senate. republicans have their best chance of winning back the majority since they lost it in 2006. democrats hold a majority and could lose control of the chamber if they drop six seats. the other big story for today, a true test of the tea party. mainstream gop fighting back and launching a strong counteroffensive. our political team is covering all the angles. let's start with dana bash covering today's headline mashup in kentucky, it's an exciting one, dana. >> reporter: right, because mitch mcconnell, senate republican leader, is fighting a two-front war. today is primary day, as you said. he is expected to beat out and best his republican challenger, the one from the right, and his focus has already been on the real challenge he thinks he has, which is november. his democratic opponent. and the way he is describing it and laying it out for voters here is very interesting, because it's along the lines of what you just laid out. the whole battle for control of the senate, and the big picture.
being really blunt about it saying he believes the best way for kentuckians to have good representation here is to make him majority leader. and the worst thing for them is to have somebody instead of him with no experience and with no clout. i put that to him when i caught up with him yesterday. your likely democratic opponent says you're exactly what's wrong with washington. the personification of gridlock. >> we'll get into the debate and the general election tomorrow, but what kentuckians have to decide is which direction they want the country to take. you know? do we want to go in a different direction, or do we want harry reid to continue to be the majority leader? do we want to vote for barack obama in a state he carried four out of 120 counties? that's what's really at stake in the fall election. >> reporter: now, we talked about the fact that the president is unpopular here. that's definitely true, and that's what he is banking on, linking the democrat allison
grimes with the problem that he has, that he's unpopular, too, and very well known. he's served here for 30 years. that's what he's up against, and that is certainly what alison grimes, the democrat, and even the republican matt bevin, they're both trying to hit mitch mcconnell. >> so mitch mcconnell will likely win the republican primary and probably go up against alison grimes, who's the democrat. the first female to run a senator from kentucky. running virtually unopposed. what is she saying? >> reporter: trying to lay out the contrast in a way that's very clear when you look and listen to them, but trying to hit it home. the idea that she's 35 years old, she's never been to washington and is running against a 17-year-old -- excuse me, a 72-year-old man who has had three decades in the senate. listen to the way that she tried to stir up the crowd in her headquarters last night. >> i'm hoping that you will spread the word all across not just jefferson county but the commonwealth of kentucky that
this woman, while she's not an empty dress, she's not a cheerleader, she's not a rubber stamp, she's an independent kentucky woman that stands on her own two feet! >> wow. >> reporter: she's leaning big time into the idea of appealing to women, not just because of her gender but because she says that mitch mcconnell has been wrong for female voters here in kentucky on voting issues like pay equality, and votes like that in the senate and the other interesting dynamic on the trail here, carol is that mitch mcconnell has had at his side pretty much at all times his wife elaine chao, who is pretty established in her own right. a bush cabinet secretary. >> strong fwhwoman in her own right. dana bash. further south, five candidates vying to fill a seat vacated by retiring senator saxby chand liss.
wh they may be on the losing end, interesting, because georgia anchored the tea party movement the past five years. peter hanby joins me now. this race called a free for all and one of the leading non-tea party candidates actually gained traction with uniting the republican party. that resonated with republican voters here? >> yeah. the message you're hearing from the front running candidates in georgia is that they are conservative but they can win. you mentioned the tea party candidates in that race. paul brown, phil, two very conservative congressmen that if you talk to republican thes, -- republicans in washington, gosh, six months ago, they were terrified one of these guys could slip into a runoff and become the republican nominee
against the likely democratic nominee michelle nunn and alienate women voters to social conservative stands, but it hasn't shaped up that way. look, the establishment isn't really super thrilled with the three candidates who are in the lead right now. david perdue, a pewealthy self-funding businessman, carol handel, former secretary, and another congressman. they emerged in the front with the race that we're looking at today, the race for second place. perdue has spent a lot of money, widely expected to finish first. a jumpball between second. i am fascinated by karen handel. if she makes a run, backed by sarah palin, ericson, the blogger, she a conservative but also a woman. if she emerging as the republican nominee against nunn, a fascinating dynamic to watch
as we talk about the sort of democratic attacks on the women, karen handel says she'll nu neutralize that because she's a woman. a candidate tough to beat in the fall. as dana reported, tough for any democrat in the obama era to win in the south, carol. >> speaking about the primary, the established republican now in the lead and waiting to see the results with karen handel, the tea party candidate, and backed by sarah palin. many thanks to you, peter. keep talking about the losses the tea party will suffer. that could be the sign of the death of the tea party. two words for you n. that would be rand paul. tea party darling tied with jeb bush for the leading candidate for president. talk about that. commentator and columnist for "the blaze," and a political
strategist. so what the tea party may do poorly electorally in the primaries today, but its influence has certainly moved the candidates to the right. is that win enough for the tea party? >> yeah. i think it will answer that question, carol. you have to also understand we also have to define what is the tea party? as you noted, by the way, the media in general likes to impose overarching beams on primary day. election days like this in a popular theme within the media circle is the death of the tea party. but what is the tea party? in 2010 i was very passionate and excited about the tea party, because it was an accountability mechanism. a reminder. you stand for principles, politicians, put we move on. it had hiccup, the tea heart has and turned it into four great politics. establishment, reaction, establishment versus tea party. i'm not sure that's what it was and i would offer to your point, carol, these pieces of evidence. tom tillis in north carolina
supposedly the establishment candidate. can't get much more conservative. in arkansas, tom, the republican candidate, establishment. can't get much more conservative than him. so the reminder is still there. the accountability mechanism is still there. you stand for principles. if that's not good enough or convicts you, wait until 2016. rand paul in the horse race. >> let me present an example. i'd like to focus on kentucky a minute and mitch mcconnell's primary run against the tea party candidate matt bevin. mcconnell is the minority leader and frankly talks like a tea party guy, even though he's establishment. listen. >> what he's really saying here is, you don't want a debate at all. a presidential appointment. sit down, shut up and rubber stamp everything, everyone the president sends up here. >> talking about harry reid there. still, mcconnell is about establishment republican and certainly took no chances.
spent at least $35 million to beat the tea party candidate bevin, who also spent millions of dollars, and if you add it up, the total output for a seat in kentucky is $100 million. that would be a record. so, maria, what does that tell you about the tea party in general and establishment republicans? >> i think it tells you, carol, that the tea party is actually very much alive and doing very well, because what have they done? they've actually co-opted the establishment. this is not longer your father's gop establishment. they don't really exist. what has happened and we've seen if in races across the country is that we, quote/unquote, establishment candidates have gone so far to the right, they've co-opted all of the positions and the principles of the tea party candidates. so while, you know, quote/unquote, establishment candidates might be winning they're going to come to washington with the same right wing extreme positions that democrats are going to frankly use in the fall in november to
make the contrast that has worked very well for the party in terms of these candidates being out of the mainstream. not being in conjunction with representing the interests of middle-class americans. i think that is going to be a winning argument both for alison grimes in kentucky and michelle nunn in georgia. >> okay. and, will, i wanted to put this by you, in light of what maria is saying. senator mcconnell will probably tomorrow. he's already campaigning against the democratic candidate alison grimes. she's backed by the clintons. could she turn kentucky blue? >> well, look, i think mitch mcconnell, i don't know that he's the perfect example of the establishment moving to embrace the principles of the tea party. while maria and i might agree that is what's happened nationwide, we clearly disagree whether or not that's a good or
help or hurt republicans come november. mcconnell constantly underestimated. underestimated by matt bevin, within the chambers of the senate. he works behind the scene, owns the republican party of kentucky. he has i.o.u.s across the state because he helped build that republican party. when it comes to november, better not underestimate him either. >> that's certainly -- that's certainly something she's not going to do. i think will's right. no underestimating with mcconnell. the fact of the matter, today, mitch mcconnell is less popular in his own state than president obama, and he's less popular than obamacare. for god's sake, that is a very good starting position for alison grimes to go into. >> we'll see what happens. i mentioned rand paul at the top. she a tea party darling and currently right now the favorite among the gop to run for president and win. >> right. >> so the tea party right there. >> you think the tea party's
dead? wait until 2016. >> i agree with that. >> thank you both. still to come in the "newsroom," new details about a close call between two jets that almost collided over the runway. cnn's rene marsh following that story for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. these two passenger planes with passengers onboard come within yards of each other on the other side of the break we'll tell you what happens next. ♪ [ dog barks ] ♪ [ male announcer ] imagine the cars we drive... being able to see so clearly... to respond so intelligently and so quickly,
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all. scary stuff. >> reporter: absolutely, carol. i can tell you at the closest point the two passenger planes about a half football field apart laterally and 135 yards apart vertically, and now the ntsb and the faa are investigating who's to blame for this near collision? close calls come down to either pilot or controller error. >> yeah, he was real close, sir. >> reporter: audio revealing tense moments between the pilot and air traffic controllers when two commercial airliners nearly collide mid-air over newark airport last month. >> traffic to your right. >> the controllers directing a united airlines boeing 737 to land just seconds before a smaller express jet was cleared tore takeoff on an intersecting runway. the larger jet nearly on top of the plane when controllers tell it to circle the airport. >> yeah, yeah.
put the nose down. he's real close. >> reporter: at its closest point, the aircraft, only 50 yards away from each other. only about half a football field. >> that express jet should have been held in essentially the ready to go position until the 737cleared that cross-runway and made a safe landing and then taken off. the clearance for the express jet to take off never should have been given. >> reporter: this is the second time in recent weeks united airlines has been involved in a nearly catastrophic collision. in april, a boeing 757 flying over the pacific nearly collided with another aircraft, after climbing to the altitude controllers assigned them. the aircraft forced to plunge 600 feet in seconds. >> i'm looking down the aisle, and there's, you know, hundreds of people in front of me. people start screaming. there's noises of things that weren't secured falling around. >> reporter: where the error lies in these most recent air
disasters, still under investigation. well, there was no damage reported to either aircraft, and this all ended without any injuries, carol. >> how often do things like this happen? >> reporter: well, you know, i spoke with the faa about this, and as far as their statistics go, this is a pretty rare event. especially when you consider how many planes actually take off every single day and land every single day. there aren't that many of these. that being said, i mean, when something like this happens, they take it very seriously. that's why you see the ntsb and the faa both investigating, because you just can't have the situation where you have passengers onboard and you have these planes coming so dangerously close together. especially with such congested sayre space. carol? >> yeah. i would say once too many, too. rene marsh, thanks. china firing back hard against the united states for filing hacking charges against five of its military officers.
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trade secrets from major american companies. china is warning this could damage ties between the two nations. bring in cnn's alison kosik and evan perez. welcome to you both. evan, you've been tracking china's response. what are they saying? >> carol, the chinese say that not only is this going to harm relations, they've also suspended cooperation with the u.s. on a cyber security group that they had started out. now, you know, this is an issue that obviously the u.s. has been warning about for years. they've said that the chinese and the chinese military in particular were spying on u.s. companies trying to steal secrets, to help out chinese companies. and so these charges should not have been much of a surprise. the chinese reaction, however, is that the u.s. is being hypocritical, pointing out that edward snowden disclosures points that the nsa has been a big presence in china spying on
china and its universities and companies saying that the u.s. is acting in a hypocritical manner. >> well, i sort of understand that, but the united states isn't stealing trade secrets from chinese companies. alison, get into that for us. what is chine napa accused of d? >> reporter: steeli isteals gol secrets of the u.s. companies. a 31-count indictment, laying out the details. big companies and yoon yi union affected. westinghouse, u.s. steel, alcoa, what the u.s. is saying that the chinese went ahead, for one, at westinghouse, the chinese stole blueprints to most of westinghouse's high-tech nuclear power plants and doj saying the chinese found and broke into sbur computer at u.s. steel that control access to their
buildings and that the chinese spied on e-mails at alcoa and took information about manufacturing plans and costs. stunning to hear this could have happened here and the big concern is, carol, what china can potentially do with this information, because inside secrets can be a very, very powerful tool to anyone who gets their hands on them, especially when it involves these huge companies, because if you can figure out, say, how the world's most high-tech nuclear plant is built, the chinese could go ahead, say they steal that, they could use that information to build their own plants, saving them time and money on research and development. here's another example for you. getting secrets from alcoa, let's say, could mean maybe figuring how our steel companies are able to make high-tech lightweight steel. some u.s. manufacturers happen to do really well. the trade secrets are worth a lot of money. they give that company and even country, the u.s., a competitive
advantage. so if a competitor gets ahold of sensitive information, it can wind up hurting u.s. jobs, and u.s. profits. carol? >> we'll see what happens. alison kosik, evan perez, thanks so much. still to come in the "newsroom," more than two months since malaysia airlines flight 370 vanished. inmarsat now plans to reveal all of the plane's raw satellite data to the public. but will it help solve things? we'll talk, next. c'mon, you want heartburn? when your favorite food starts a fight, fight back fast, with tums. heartburn relief that neutralizes acid on contact. and goes to work in seconds. ♪ tum, tum tum tum... tums!
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. checking our top stories at 31 minutes past -- senate majority leader mitch mcconnell is on the ballot and one of the primary races under way in six states. expected to coast through his party's nomination. hoping big winds will set the stage for capturing the senate later this year. to do that the gop needs to flip six seats and further marginalize the tea party. and declaring marshall law, bringing peace and stability to the country. they're calling it half a coup. since 1932, there have been at least 18 actual attempted military takeovers in thailand. the fda is linking more than 1,000 dog deaths and another
4,800 illnesses to jerky treats. the agency has not pinpointed which brand of treats is killing the dogs, but note that most of the illnesses have been linked to chicken jerky treats. tend tender n strips from china. be careful. and missing malaysian flight 370, releasing the inmarsat data. the company that detected the final pings says it will now reveal all flight communication data logs to the public. officials say it's all in the name of transparency, but some families say it's not enough. >> just stating that sththey're going to release the raw data doesn't tell us what to expect. in the formal requests that we have made, it was actually to release all ping data from that particular airplane for the week
prior to this occurrence. so starting on -- on march 1st, all the way up through to when the plane went silent. >> so what will this newly released data reveal? we're joined by mary and david, both are flight analysts. david soucie, you wrote a great book and mary schiavo with the department of transportation. let's go. how optimistic are you that the raw data will reveal new claws abo clues about 370? >> it will reveal information people haven't been able toll see before. a lot of people will analyze it differently essentit cetera. if it brings us closer to the plane several remains to be seen, but i would look for a lot of people to analyze this data and in reality, there's nothing wrong with that. the malaysians have the authority to release this. they had the authority all along according to ikno annexes. more eyes certainly can't hurt. >> how long do you think it will
take to go through this data, david? >> depends on how much they release. if they release the mehta data with it, what type of equipment was installed? honeywell, that's information that wouldn't necessarily be part of raw data or the communication logs. that's going to be critical. that has to be issued as well to calculate the air to earth satellite orbits, and differentials. so it's going to be important to have that. if they don't have the it, it could take a long time to weed through all of that information. >> okay. mary, i've got to ask you about this. the former malaysian prime minister seems to be adding fuel to the fire when it comes to conspiracy theories. listen to what he said. he said, clearly boeing and certain agencies had the capacity to take over uninterruptible control of commercial airliners of which mh-370 is one. what does he mean by that? >> well, what he's talking about is remote control of that airplane. we've heard these same theories in, after september 11th, 2001.
when i was inspector general i can't tell you how many conspiracy theories i had to investigate and clear off in the government. but for this particular plane to have been fixed up with remote control, yes, the faa did do a couple tests with that, but as 777, it's not a drone. this plane to anyone's knowledge was not equipped for remote control and besides, if it was, think how many people would have to know that, and how many people in our government do you know that can keep a secret like that? i think this is just, you know, just imagination. somebody's wild imagination, and i certainly don't see any evidence of it. >> so david, you wrote a book why planes crash. was it ever by remote control? >> no. no. i was working on the airbus 380 certification, and there was discussions about that. in fact, they have engineering and it's equipped to be remotely controlled but that's not at all installed in any aircraft at this point. so the fact that they are
implying this is way, way, way off base. >> okay. enough said. mary schiavo, david soucie, thanks so much. filmmakers say a new movie on the 370 is in the works. they're outraged. is it too soon to turn the aviation mystery into a blockbuster? i feel stupid asking that of course. of course it's too early. 11:00 a.m. eastern, can't wait to hear that conversation. still to come in the "newsroom," donald sterling formally charged by the nba and now facing termination as a clippers owner. jean casarez is following that story for us. good morning. >> good morning, carol. yes, we do have formal charges now. it is the nba verse donald sterling, and there are allegations here that are brand new and make this much more serious. we'll have more, right after this. it is now official.
the nba formally charging donald sterling and setting the stage to strip him of the l.a. clippers. sterling has one week to respond to the league. he'll be allowed to present his case at a june 3rd hearing where owners can vote on terminating his ownership. cnn jean casarez joins us from new york, but i expect he won't go down without a fight. >> reporter: no. according to "sports illustrated" he's asking for a three-month continuance we could say in this court of the nba to offer a rebuttal to all this and the hearing is set for june 7th at this point. june 3rd at this point. sheer what the allegations are. first of you a, conduct demeaning to the nba. that he disparaged african-americans, directed a female to not bring african-americans to games, or associate with african-americans. and critical of african-americans in general,
not supporting their own causes, but here is what we learned that i think really elevates this to a much more serious situation. it was released late last night that in the course of the nba continuing investigation, so they're investigating this that they have discovered that relevant evidence was destroyed. it doesn't say, carol, by whom, and it doesn't say what evidence, but that is very, very serious there. it also says that there was false and misleading evidence, that was handed over to the nba. also, extremely serious. now, if it's true, carol, that his attorney wants three months to prepare for this hearing, which "sports illustrated" is also reporting that nba will not do, but i understand why they would want those three months. there were serious allegations here and furthermore, his side may want a psychological exam. >> that's so fascinating. i was just thinking that some owners, you know, might have
felt reluctant about removing sterling, you know, for having a private conversation in his home and it was taped, but that the most damaging thing to sterling was his interview with anderson cooper? >> i know. that will be able to be used at evidence, quote/unquote, in this nba court. of course, it's not a court of law, but there are going to be two sides, and evidence is presented in this hearing. and what he says there really takes it to a more serious level on his part. of intending what he meant to say. he did try to explain it, though, but, also, carol, if you look at the other side, i like to look at both sides. some of the things he said in that interview with anderson had no basis in fact at all. for instance, he called anderson a racist at one point. so that could give fodder to his side that he needs a psychological evaluation, of why he makes these excited utterances that his side will say are false, but he doesn't realize it.
>> well, and, of course, mrs. sterling came out and said he had early onset dementia. >> right. >> so that might figure into things, too. right? >> no question about that. on his side. i don't think the nba cares about that. the nba cares about what he said. that he knew what he was saying. he intended to say it, and it disparages the nba and the other owners, and the fans, and it even talks about governmental ish officials that it disparages. one other aspect, in the documents i read, it cites some law. a duty of loyalty of the owners based on new york law. so i think his side will say, if the nba is relying in part on some law, then we can relate in part and rely on some law. which i think will be interesting as we go forward. >> oh, yeah. ugly and interesting. jean casarez, many thanks. >> thank you, carol. >> you're welcome. still to come in the "newsroom," you might being shoulded to find out you're flying the germy skies's.
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>> that seatback pocket on an airplane, do not touch it. it's home to more than a safety information card. it could help a superbug survive. researchers found you fly with nasty germs. it is all around you in an airplane. senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen -- i don't know if i want to hear this since i fly every other weekend. >> i just flew last night and i'm here to say i'm here and healthy. that's a good thing. i have to say that i really was shocked to hear how long these bacteria can live on surfaces. the faa and others gave money to auburn university to actually put bacteria on surfaces like arm rests and tray tables that you touch all the time when you're on an airplane and here's what they found out. they found out that mrsa, a bug resistant to antibiotics which makes it scary, they found that
mrsa can live for five days on those window shades. those window shades that you touch to pull up and down. >> i thought you touched that window shade. >> there i am last night on my flight. should i touch this? i must say i did sanitize my hands after this. mrsa can live for six days on the leather seats. the seat that you're sitting on and on the tray table it can live for five days and e. coli which can cause terrible problems can live for three days. so it can live longer than you think. these are hardy bugs that have survived zillions of years. they live a long time. >> so often i think i have come down with something and it's after i have flown with an airplane. they don't really have time to clean the airplane in between trips, is that what causes it could be so germy?
>> i want to emphasize that they didn't actually test on an actual plane. what happened is delta air lines gave things like arm rests and tray tables to researchers to play with them in a lab and simulate a cabin experience. now, the seat pocket, the bugs could live for seven days on the seat pocket. those cloth seat pockets. the seat pockets, which we do touch to put things in and out, the cloth prevents bacteria from spreading easily because cloth absorbs the bacteria. i suppose that's good news. we tried to get people at various airlines, delta returned our calls. we clean surfaces thoroughly every day and they are so interested in this topic that they gave the arm rests, et cetera, to researchers. they're not cleaning every minute. could it be possible that you'll run into one of these bugs? absolutely. not to mention bugs from the flu or cold or whatever from the person sitting next to you. people say they get sick after flying in an airplane.
who knows if it's the airplane. you are touching surfaces that a ton of other people have touched and you're sitting knee to knee with someone who might be sick. >> i'm going to encase myself in plastic the next time i fly. that should do it. >> you know what? you don't even have to do that. it's so much easier. bring wipes. bring alcohol based wipes if you are worry about this. wipe down the tray table. wipe down the arm rest. that will kill them. i decided to do this after reading this study. i'm wiping down my tray table. as far as the guy next to me who really was sort of coughing up a storm, i couldn't wipe him down with alcohol wipes as much as i wanted to. when he started his coughing fits, i would just turn my head the other way and cross my fingers. >> put your surgical mask on and you were fine. elizabeth cohen, thanks so much. still to come in the "newsroom," one year ago today a devastating tornado ripped through the town of moore, oklahoma. some families are only now starting to rebuild. george howell is back in
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a somber anniversary in oklahoma this morning. one year ago today a devastating tornado ripped through the town of moore. 21 people died including seven children looking for shelter inside their school. for some the rebuilding process is only just the beginning. george howell is live in moore, oklahoma, this morning. good morning, george. >> reporter: carol, good morning. i can tell you personally that that was a day, may 20th, a year ago that i will never forget. my team and i heard sirens
blaring in the neighborhood. we got to an underground shelter to get into safety. and then we arrived in this neighborhood where we saw homes destroyed but look around. you see signs of progress. homes like this are being rebuilt. for everyone who was on the ground that day, they remembered vividly the desperate dash to get out of the way. never before seen video. >> you can hear the roar. it's right there. >> reporter: of a family on the run. >> that's it. it's right there. >> reporter: a monster in the rearview mirror. every second, every decision. a matter of life and death. >> we're going to go good down here. >> drove south through fields and over curbs and fences to get out. >> reporter: they returned only to find that they had lost everything. but they had a much bigger concern in mind that night. digging through debris and
finding the missing and that is when we first met. >> it was just carnage. you know, it had to be done. people needed to be helped. i started rounding everybody up. people are were running up an down the streets. i got them hollering out if you can hear me, call out. >> he's my hero. not only did he save our lives but i know he saved other lives. >> reporter: they consider themselves among the lucky. slowly but surely rebuilding their home. but this community also suffered some heartbreaking loss. 24 people died that day. seven of the dead were students. killed inside plaza towers elementary school when the building was all but leveled. one of them, danny moore's son. >> my son, christopher, had a little boy down the hall crying. he asked his substitute that day
if he could move down the hall. she allowed him to. and he covered his little friend when the wall came down. >> reporter: the old building didn't have storm shelters. the new school that's going up will. and you find throughout this community that new homes are being built with storm shelters in place just as this family is planning. >> we'll build our storm shelter between the second and third car. >> reporter: after what this family, like many others saw and experienced one year ago, not being prepared for disaster like this is no longer an option. there is still a push to get storm shelters on all school campuses here in the state of oklahoma. there's no statewide mandate to require it and the debate continues about how to make that happen and how to pay for it. critics say there's no excuse
for schools not to have shelters given what happened here in moore, oklahoma, but governor mary fallon says this is an issue held by communities, decided by communities, it's top priority for her but fair to say the debate continues a year later after that tornado came through here. >> george howell reporting live from moore, oklahoma, this morning. the next hour of "newsroom" starts now. happening now into the "newsroom," poll position. >> we need to change the country now. >> can i hear an amen? >> kentucky a battleground in one of six big primary races today. >> you're likely democratic opponent says you're what's wrong with washington. >> the strength of the tea party front and center. >> we want to vote for barack obama in a state that he carried 4 out of 120 counties. >> what happens today shaping critical contests coast to coast. also, newark's near collision.
>> he was real close. >> planes just yards apart. a catastrophe avoided at the last second. plus, charged. donald sterling center court and fighting the nba. >> you believe you'll be able to keep the team though? >> the league taking the first steps to terminate his ownership. the commissioner speaking out today. the age of a candidate. >> some republicans are taking aim at hillary clinton's age. they're saying she'll be almost 70 when she runs. republicans said being old and white is our thing. >> let's talk. live in the "cnn newsroom." good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. primary care is the tea party wheezing and staggering into today's elections? right now voters are heading to
the polls in six states and there are big stakes for all of the rest of us come november. think of this as opening act of the 2016 presidential election. at stake, the control of the senate. the other big story for today, a true test of the tea party. mainstream gopers fighting back and launching strong counteroffenses. one republican candidate expected to beat back the tea party threat is mitch mcconnell expected to crush matt bevin but his november challenge could be the most expensive senate race ever. mcconnell is calling for republican voters to seize the senate and put him in charge of a new game plan. >> make me the offensive coordinator instead of defensive
coordinator. >> dana bash is covering today's headline matchup in kentucky. has mitch mcconnell cast his vote yet? >> reporter: he hasn't yet but there are people waiting behind me. he's expected to be here to vote in just a short while. this, as you mentioned, is primary day and he's expected to defeat his challenger from the right. he has been waging a two-front war, carol, to try to keep his seat in the senate. his primary focus has actually recently not so much been on the right because he felt more comfortable there but against the woman, 35-year-old woman, who is running against him likely in the fall who polls have shown over and over in the past few months, the two of them have been neck and neck. what's really interesting about mcconnell's strategy is that he's not even focusing on grimes per se. he's focusing on the big picture. he's focusing on control for the senate and the fact that if republicans do take control and he wins, he would be the
republican leader and he would be the guy to be able to help stop the obama agenda. i asked grimes when i caught up with her yesterday about how she feels about that strategy. >> mitch mcconnell has made clear that he's not so much running against you, that his democratic candidate is almost besides the point. he's running against the idea of a democratic controlled senate. >> well, this election no matter who mitch mcconnell thinks he's running against, it's about what has occurred on his watch. this election is not a referendum on the president. nothing will change who our president is but we can change who is in washington, d.c. and put someone there that fights for the people of this state instead of just looking out for his own job. >> reporter: so you probably have heard that before, carol. that's something that you hear over and over from challengers against incumbents when you have someone not been in washington like alison grimes. current holder of secretary of
state position here in kentucky. she really is running a classic challenger race that anybody probably would against somebody who has been in washington for three decades as mitch mcconnell has. one of the key differences is the obvious. she's a woman and she's playing that up big time hitting mcconnell hard on his record on women's issues. she says he's not right for women and really attacking him on some liberal themes but also at the same time trying to separate herself from the president who you heard from mitch mcconnell is not popular at all. >> dana bash reporting live from kentucky. let's settle on the matter at hand. mitch mcconnell in a primary fight right now and he's expected to beat back that tea party candidate challenging him big-time. he's expected to win the republican primary in kentucky but let's move onto georgia now. because for the past five years, georgia has anchored the tea party and phil gingry is seeking
to make a jump from the house of representatives to the senate. >> you deserve better than politics as usual. having delivered over 5,200 babies i understand when it's time, it's time and the time to stop obama is now. so i'll cut spending. cut the debt. and repeal obama care in my first term or get out of the way. because it's no time for politics as usual. it's time for a senator who will deliver. >> so you think that would resonate in georgia where the tea party is pretty popular but gingrey is lagging behind in the polls. the leading candidates are establishment republicans. welcome to both of you, gentlemen. >> carol, good morning.
>> so, john, who would have thought tea party candidates would slip in georgia? >> yeah. it really does say a lot. not just about the gop civil war and the tea party versus mainstream republicans, but the way the tide has turned against these tea party folks even in republican primaries. gop spent $14 million in this georgia primary. 600,000 people will turn out. there's likely to be a runoff but the two hardcore tea party candidates seem to be at the back of the pack. these are folks, paul brown was the first member of congress to refer president obama to hitler. that appeal isn't working anymore even in georgia. >> i will say, larry, that karen handel is running a close second. she was backed by sarah palin. sarah palin is a big tea partier. so the tea party still has some influence, right? >> sure. it's possible handel could get
into the runoff and that runoff is july 22nd. the more general point here looking at the tea party failure in kentucky that you just reviewed because clearly senator mcconnell is going to be renominated easily in georgia and other states. here's what it boils down to. in politics as in every other endeavor in life, there is a learning curve and it isn't flat. republicans have figured out that they have tossed away easily five seats. you could argue it's more than five seats between 2010 and 2012. think about that. had they won those five seats by not nominating tea party candidates who had big gaffs and threw away the election, the senate would already be tied and we would be talking about how big a republican majority would be elected in november. >> so i think there's something to what larry said. lessons learned. especially from the
establishment republicans point of view because the reason the establishment republicans are doing so well in georgia is they talked about divisiveness within the parties and they can't allow that to happen and voters are seeming to go over to the establishment side. >> that's right. ultimately it's the most pragmatic argument there is which is do you want to win in november? i mean, the democratic candidate is the daughter of former senator sam nunn and these states are no longer as automatic republican as they might have been a couple cycles ago. it's a pragmatic argument and hammered home by those folks that larry just referred to. richard murdoch, christine o'donnell, todd aiken, they bring back ghosts of lost senate seats past. >> it is interesting, larry, that the democrats are putting forth female candidates to run against these establishment
republicans. is that effective? >> well, i think in both cases they made good choices. they put forward candidates who certainly have a chance to win. their problem, of course, is that this is a low turnout midterm election. the turnout is skewed to the republican side and president obama's job approval rating in both kentucky and georgia is in the mid 30s. obviously that doesn't help any democrat. i think they'll be very lucky to win even one of those two seats. >> we'll see. larry and john, thank you for your insight. i appreciate it. china is furious with the united states for indicting five of its military officers on hacking charges. it is threatening to scale back on promoting -- guess what? cybersecurity. those officers accused of stealing trade secrets from major american companies but beijing is denying those allegations.
>> translator: the chinese government, the chinese military, have never engaged or participated in any hacker attack or any so-called cyberthefts of trade secrets. >> china also says the u.s. isn't in any position to accuse anyone of cyberspying. cnn's david mckenzie is in beijing with more for you. >> reporter: the chinese have hit back at this indictment calling the allegations extremely absurd saying they've never been involved in any kind of hacking action to steal trade secrets. they also have called these allegations hypocritical when you consider that edward snowden revelations that the nsa has been cyberspying for many years globally. the chinese say in fact that they are the victim of cyberhacking from the u.s. and these wanted posters by the fbi showing officials by the u.s. military are deeply insulting to chinese leaders. they have hauled in the u.s.
ambassador to china and given him a dressing down and they also warned of other unspecified actions against the u.s. so china is taking these allegations very seriously and denying all of them. carol? >> david mckenzie reporting. still to come in the "newsroom," calls for transparency into the disappearance of flight 370 may finally be answered. a british satellite company vowing to reveal the plane's raw flight data. >> find out how loved ones onboard missing flight mh370 are getting the information they have been demanding for weeks. that's all coming up after the break.
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we are following major developments in the search for missing malaysian airlines flights 370. for months now families have been demanding more transparency into the investigation. let's bring in our reporter. >> reporter: for weeks the families have been asking for this raw data. they want to see every bit of evidence they can get their hands on particularly this evidence because that's what led the world to searching in the southern indian ocean. we have been here over the last few days really pushing the government officials trying to contact them asking them who
exactly has data. there was confusion about that and when and if they will release it to the family and late last night we had a development with a statement. overnight malaysian officials and british satellite company that detected flight 370's final pings vow transparency. in a joint statement they say all parties are working for the release of the data communication logs and technical description, the analysis for public consumption. there's no set date for when this raw satellite data will be released, this marks the first attempt to make the information publicly available. but some loved ones say it's not enough. >> if the malaysian government truly has nothing to hide, i believe they should completely open their books. everything. not just the pieces they allowed us to hear. >> reporter: malaysia's former prime minister pointing the blame at boeing.
in his blog he writes, "someone is hiding someone" saying boeing should know something since mh370 was equipped by the manufacturing company and a relative of one of the pilots is breaking his silence. he tells australian broadcasting company four corners that he was not suicidal and did not have life insurance. he also dismissed the controversy surrounding his brother-in-law's flight simulator saying it broke in 2013. >> he did not practice extreme landings and takeoffs. >> i don't think so because the simulator is not working. >> reporter: you know, carol, a lot of intrigue around the pilots and the others onboard that flight but also a lot of
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this news just into cnn. los angeles police have arrested and charged the actor michael jace for shooting death of his wife. he had roles in films like "forest gump." alan duke is following the story in los angeles. tell us more. >> reporter: this is something that is related according to the investigators to domestic violence. a domestic dispute at the south los angeles home that michael
jace shared with his wife. they've been married about ten years. i understand they have a couple of children together. it happened at about 8:30 last night in los angeles. police coming to the scene finding her body there and taking him into custody several hours later booking him on a homicide charge accusing him of shooting his wife to death. he's now booked in the los angeles jail on $1 million bond. homicide detectives and coroner's office are still at the scene so they're not able to give us a lot of detail yet as to what happened inside that home in south los angeles. >> alan, have they had domestic problems? it's just so hard to understand frankly. >> reporter: i did as best i could a criminal check to see if there were a criminal record and nothing showed up. i think probably sometime today we'll find out if there was any kind of orders. if there was a separation or
divorce involved. we don't know that yet. keep in mind this happened late at night in los angeles and it's still before the opening of business hours this morning so getting to those documents and talking to the detectives will take time and we'll see what motivated this or what happened inside that house. the irony is that this man was an actor to played a lot of police officers. "shield" where he was on for six seasons, 89 episodes as a rookie cop and later as a detective, disturbing police drama about an inner city precinct in los angeles where cops sometimes cross the line. so a lot of irony involved in this. he was on "southland" a tnt police drama playing a cop. it's a very interesting, ironic and sad, tragic situation for him. >> actually for his wife more than anyone. >> absolutely good point. and his children.
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embassy buildings fortified more than they were during those terrible events in benghazi? >> certainly the embassy in tripoli is far better fortified than that office was in benghazi. i don't think this is so much a benghazi related issue at this point. i think any embassy in any part of the world facing this type of violence and lawlessness on the streets has to be prepared. >> we're talking of course about their physical safety but those embassy workers have to be frustrated as well because after qaddafi fell many thought libya would get it together but it certainly hasn't been able to do that. >> that's for sure. i know there's a lot of discussion about whether this is sort of secularist versus isl
islamist. it has a regional element and tribal element and all kinds of things thrown into this. what's really sad about the whole situation is the past two years there's been very little progress in terms of governance and if anything the militias brought into government structures have been on their own so unless you can disarm and bring militias into basic army formation, sooner or later you'll have a problem. that's what's happened. i sure hope we have a good fix on who he is because i have a suspicion that this gentleman would like to take over that country. >> we'll see. christopher hill, thank you so much for joining me this morning. checking other top stories for you at 32 minutes past. the house admits it first learned about the scandal that rocked the va administration from cnn reporting. >> when was the president first made aware of these problems, these fraudulent lists that were
being kept to hide wait times. when he was first made aware of those problems and when did other white house officials become aware of these problems? >> when you say these problems, the fact that there have been -- you mean specific allegations that were reported first by your network out of phoenix, i believe, we learned about them through the reports. i will double-check if that's not the case. that's when we learned about them. that's when as i understand secretary shinseki learned about them and took the action that he has taken including instigating his own review, initiating his own review, but requesting that the inspector general investigate. >> cnn uncovered accusations that the va hospital in phoenix allegedly used fraudulent lists to conceal long wait times for patients. at least 40 veterans died while waiting for months to get into see the doctor. another bizarre twist in the oscar pistorius murder trial.
the trial has been delayed to june 30th while pistorius undergoes a mental evaluation. he can go home each day and has his weekends free. horse racing fans can breathe easier now that the 3 year old will be able to wear the nasal strips. there was concern chrome wouldn't show up at all because of those strips. cnn's richard roth is in belmont park. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. california chrome will try to become the 12th horse to ever win the famed triple crown. first he has to get here to belmont. he's just a few minutes away. after he gets out of the van, which has been driving from baltimore all morning, he'll be here at barn 26 behind me. of course members of the media are assembled to capture every nostril and every saddle and there are more than you can see here. we've seen these horses come and
then there's a lot of hype and hoopla and hopes go up and odds go down before post time and then something always happens. but some feel that california chrome has it this time. i don't think he beat a very strong field in the preakness but there will be better horses who were in the kentucky derby and some more rested who are ready to challenge in the belmont stakes. carol? >> i thought you were going to throw to an interview or something. i was excited for a minute. i so love the owner of that horse. >> reporter: setting drama for next three weeks. >> i love the owner of that horse. have you seen him around the racetrack? >> reporter: no, i haven't. we're expecting the assistant trainer, alan sherman, son of art sherman to be here. the horse ate very well. ate up his tub of food and hay and seemed in good spirits. usually when people arrive in new york, they need to have
eaten their hay. we've had many horses come here. one of them was big brown. i still have that button that goes for 20 cents on ebay. he never finished the race disappointing millions of racing supporters. we'll see what california chrome, ration to riches story, $8,000 purchase. the owners are sitting pretty and there's a helicopter overhead. i think the horse has been getting a police escort from the bridge from new jersey. that's true. the horse should be here very soon. >> awesome. richard roth, thanks so much. still to come in the "newsroom," clippers owner on the clock. donald sterling has a deadline to answer charges leveled by the nba. when folks in the lower 48 think about what they get from alaska, they think salmon and energy. but the energy bp produces up here creates something else as well: jobs all over america. thousands of people here in alaska are working to safely produce more energy.
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on donald sterling now we know when the league owners will hear his case because the nba has formally charged him and scheduled a june 3rd hearing for a vote on ousting sterling for good. cnn's jean casarez got ahold of some papers from the nba, which are quite interesting. tell us more, jean. >> reporter: it's very interesting. more and more information is coming out and this is from the nba. and as we have been discussing this, they have been launching an investigation and now we suddenly have formal charges and as you said, may 27th is when donald sterling can submit a response in writing and then there is a hearing on june 30th. "sports illustrated" is reporting that his attorney wants a three-month extension or as we would say legally a continuance in all of this. we don't know what's going to happen on that part. what they are saying as they initiate these formal charges is that donald sterling has really caused and engaged in conduct that has damaged and contributed to damage to the nba and to its
owners and to its fans and to governmental and community associates. one thing i find interesting in key points supporting the charge, what they say, carol, is that as part of the investigation continuing by the nba, they have found that there was evidence that was destroyed in all of this. they don't say what evidence. they don't say who destroyed it. we know the charges against donald sterling and then they also say that false and misleading statements were given to the nba during the course of their investigation, which really makes this in the minds of many very much more serious. >> interesting. you know the other thing that might go against donald sterling -- i know some of the owners were reluctant to remove sterling because he was having that private conversation in his home but then he gave that interview to anderson cooper and said things like this. >> the one problem i have is
when jews get successful, they'll help their people. some of the african-americans -- maybe i'll get in trouble again. they don't want to help anybody. >> i think maybe he did get himself in trouble again. certainly the nba owners would be taking those comments into account as well. >> reporter: no question. just like in a court of law. you can use anything you want basically as evidence if you can get it admitted. rules are more lenient here. on one hand he admits what the recordings said was him. he's admitting that, right, not saying it's not me. he's also explaining the other side. as an attorney, i have to look at both sides. that's a part of my nature. and he tries to explain it. that he liked a girl. he was jealous and that was the basis of his comments and not an intent to defame or prejudice against african-americans. i think also that some of the comments he made were just sort of no basis in fact.
his side would want a psychological examination based on that interview. >> lebron james is threatening to boycott if he's not ousted. that speaks louder than anything. those nba owners have no choice now. >> reporter: i think the interview with anderson cooper definitely is evidence that the nba will use in all of this. i was interviewing a "sports illustrated" writer last weekend, an attorney, and asked if that vote would be confidential. he said it would be confidential. owners have to wonder if their vote is going to be leaked at all. remember nothing is private anymore, right? >> we certainly learned that. jean casarez, many thanks. still to come in the ne "newsroom," the kidnapping of nearly 300 nigerian girls has grabbed the attention of the world. is that attention doing more harm than good? we'll talk about that next. how much protein
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checking top stories for you at 47 minutes past the hour. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell is on the ballot in a primary race under way in six states. he's expected to coast to his party's nomination. republicans hope big wins will set the stage for recapturing the senate later this year. the gop needs to flip six seats and further marginalize the tea party.
the fda is linking 1,000 dog deaths and hundred thousands of to see jerky treats. they have been imported from china. in thailand, the army declared martial law to bring peace and stability to the country but government aides call the surprise military action half a coo. there have been 18 actual and attempted military takeovers in thailand. for the first time since her daughter was kidnapped by boko haram, the mother sees her daughter and other abducted girls on video. >> reporter: this is the first time you're seeing this video, yes? do you see your daughter here?
that's her. you think this is your daughter. wow. >> the nigerian government said in the past they showed this video to all of the families. we're not naming the woman or her daughter for safety reasons. images of those kidnapped school girls and of the group responsible have been on television around the globe for weeks now. one journalist wants to stop it. a nigerian author says publicizing this group is turning them into "superstar monsters." she writes in a cnn op-ed, the media must stop fueling their inner psychopaths. if they don't wait tables until they get noticed, we must not offer them stardom on a platter. she joins us now. good morning.
>> good morning. >> tell us more about the mother you interviewed that pointed out her daughter in that video. >> you know, often as journalists we strive to remain objective and removed from the stories that we cover. this is one of those interviews that as i sat down with this mother, it was very hard to not have a visceral emotional reaction to the pain and suffering that i saw in her eyes. in addition to that pain and suffering, there was absolute terror which is why we had to conceal her identity. she lives in fear that boko haram could strike at any moment am her village or harm her daughter who she saw for the first time in that video. she was resolute in the belief that her daughter would come home and go back to school eventually. >> i certainly hope so. you're not opposed to showing girls on television but opposed to showing terrorists on television.
tell us why. >> we have been looking at videos of the group's leader and watching his videos for the past four weeks. i think it's important and instilling fear in people and helping him feel more important than he should. it's an attack on us almost. like the fear. like i mentioned in my article, my friend's child burst out in tears while watching him and another friend of mine, a mother of three sons, is concerned on the effect of these videos on her sons. it's polluting the atmosphere. psychological pollution for nigerians. >> this terror group has been creating acts of terror for quite a long time. do they usually release videos or is this something new for them? >> you know, carol, the governor
where many of these atrocities took place say terrorists bask in oxygen of publicity. they haven't been as busy in releasing tapes as they have since april 14th, since the abduction of these girls. clearly the families themselves that we've spoken to say that for so long since 2009, boko haram has been terrorizing their communities and for the first time in a long time the international community is finally taking a look at what's going on in nigeria and shocked to see thousands of people have died over the last couple years and many other girls have been abducted. for the families, they think it's a good thing that the world is seeing what they have to live under. >> and is there any value in exposing these people's faces to show the world who they are? is that important? >> you can exploit faces in five seconds, ten seconds, in a minute but not to show lengthy
videos and to air all his threats as lengthy as they are. as absurd as they are. i appreciate the coverage the girls get on boko haram situation but i'm against the leader of the group being pushed on television and shown every time. we recognize his voice. we understand he's thinking. we've been bombarded with these threats for so long. i think it's time that media began to curb the exposure. i understand the girls' photos being shown. some of us were upset when we didn't see photos of the girls until just a few weeks ago. prior to that we heard the rantings of the leader. that is where the media is going overboard. tell us the steps the government is taking but don't keep bombarding us with rantings of this villain. >> where is the investigation?
are they making any progress at all? >> reporter: you know, i was shocked, carol, in that interview when this mother told me that nobody from the police, nobody from the military, nobody from the government had ever come to talk to her and she had never seen this tape. it was mind-blowing. the nigerian president said there are 20,000 military soldiers in northeastern nigeria dedicated to bringing these girls home. many families we have spoken to including this mother say they haven't seen any kind of a police or military presence in their village at all. while we may not be privy to the military actions happening on the ground, the families in these villages say for them nothing has changed. >> thanks for both of you. i certainly appreciate it. you can read the op-ed at cnn.com/opinion. it's a good one. still ahead in the "newsroom," a massive storm cell caught on camera in the fields of wyoming. chad myers will parse this out
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>> i have to leave you with incredible video. a time lapse of a massive storm forming on sunday near the border with south dakota. check that out. this giant cell did not turn into a tornado but it did produce hail. chad, i can't believe it didn't turn into a tornado. it looks so ominous. >> too dry out there. it's a low precipitation lp supercell. it looks like an alien spacecraft that's landing because you see it rotating around and around. in time lapse. it doesn't rotate that quickly. they'll produce hail before they produce a tornado and they don't really produce much rain because
the rain evaporates on the way down. the hail doesn't evaporate on the way down and makes it all of the way to the ground because it's a piece of ice. >> i'm just amazed they were able to capture this image. you have to be -- i'm sure they know what they're doing to go to the right place at the right time with the right conditions. >> please don't try this from oklahoma city eastward. it's not flat enough there. you won't see this in arkansas. you won't see that in missouri. too many hills and trees. out west, texas, oklahoma, nebraska, kansas, wyoming, south dakota, you can get pictures like this. it looks like something is invading a tornado. and will suck up the entire world. >> i would run from this. >> run away. >> is it violent hail produces or just your average -- >> baseballs that knocked out windows. >> i believe that. that's incredible. thank you, chad. thank you for joining me today. i'm carol costello. "@ this hour" with berman and
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