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thank you for watching. i'm wolf blitzer. join us weekday 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. eastern on "the situation room." the news continues next on cnn. hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. it's the top of the hour. i want to get you caught up on be your headlines right now. this video you're look gt at, spectacular video, the philippines reeling tonight from a large tropical storm. more than 400 people are dead, hundreds more missing. the storm dumped a month's worth of rain in about 12 hours, triggering flash floods and landslides. the u.s. has signaled it is ready to assist the filipinos in their recovery. in other news now, the senate has agreed to extend the federal payroll tax cut but only for two months instead of a
year. the house hasn't scheduled a vote on the measure yet and many house republicans aren't happy with the temporary extension. president barack obama backs the deal, but he's calling on law makers to do more. >> i'm very please ad to see th work the senate has done. while this agreement is for two months, it is my expectation, in fact, it would be inexcusable for congress nigot to further extend this middle classes tax cut for the rest of the year. it should be a formality and hopefully it's done with as little drama as possible when they get back in january. >> in the meantime, president obama is expected to sign a spending bill passed by the senate today, which will keep the government running through september 30th. you hear the drums, kind of know what's going on. it's the occupy wall street movement, returning at least for one day. today's gathering was fwh a manhattan park. organizers called it a reoccupy
event. the rally comes as many occupying encampments across the country have been dismantled. it is mission accomplished for an ex-iraq prisoner of war jessica lynch. she earned her college teaching degree are. graduation wasn't the only thing on her mind, though. lynch also had a message for returning service members. >> they finally get to come home. they're, you know, with their family, be especially during this time. it's something to be proud of and, you know, you want your family to be there during the holidays. so i'm thankful and grateful that they finally get to spend at least one holiday with their family. >> jess's ka lynch, one of 18 veterans who earned their diploma at west virginia university. bradley manning an army private is accused of the biggest intelligence leaked in u.s. history, giving classified documents to the web site
wikilea wikileaks. his attorney wants the court to consider his state of mind at the time of the alleged crimes. larry shawn acy says one issue in particular was discussed in detail today. >> the defense has been asking witnesses who testified at this article 32 hearing about breanna manning, an alter ego that bradley manning created and talked about online. part of it appears to be the defense exploring manning's gender identity issues to establish his state of mind during the alleged crimes. >> so this wasn't an alter ego he used online here. this was something they believe something na was incorporated into his daily live hfe. >> it was, they believe. at one point aishgs captain in the chain of command in
manning's unit saw a fophoto of manning dressed as a woman. and a sergeant in the chain of command had counseling sessions with him about the whole issue of his self sexuality and gender identity. manning faces life in prison and even the possibility of the death penalty if he is found guil guilty. let's go to iowa now. the first true battleground for the field of republican presidential hopefuls. even though there are just 17 days until the iowa caucuses, the frontrunners are spending their weekend elsewhere. peter hamby standing by live in des moines it's the holidays, they're all over the place. newt gingrich washington, mitt romney south carolina today, and romney is making an appeal to a group that hasn't always been on his side. and we're talking about the tea party, right? >> reporter: yeah, you're exactly right. governor romney picked up a really big endorsement from south carolina governor nicky
haley who hasn't has some tea party appeal, not the sort of republican that would usually support governor romney who has been viewed by skepticism by tea party activists. he was in charleston, south carolina, today with governor haley and was asked, what do you think about the tea party? and listen to what he said, don. >> many tea party folks are going to find me, i believe, to be the ideal candidate. i think tea party supporters want to see government shrunk. they think it's too big. they think somebody has to cut the federal budget, and i do. they want to see us balance the federal budget and i will. they want somebody who will get the economy going who understands jobs and the economy, not just government. jobs and the economy is what i know. they're tired of people who spent their life in politics who think washington is the answer. i didn'ted spend my life in politics. i spentd my career in the private sector. >> reporter: so you hear
governor romney there. the first line he said in that sound bite, i'm the ideal tea party candidate, something that democrats are seizing on today. they blasted out e-mails to reporters today saying, hey, this is another example of governor romney saying anything to capture the republican nomination. you can't trust this guy. again, governor romney needs the support of conservatives if he wants to win iowa and south carolina, or at least show well. he needs to do well there if not win to get the president are deshl nomination. >> pete, the all-important, not maybe, the "des moines register" endorsement, who is it? >> reporter: it's coming down later tonight in des moines. it will be closely watched, it always it is. people here in iowa expect mitt romney to get it. john mccain won it back in 2008, the establishment sort of front-runner. however, the register doesn't have the best track record of who will win the caucuses.
the last time they picked successfully was george w. bush in 2000. before that, '96 with bob dole. but in 2004 they endorsed john edwards for the democratic nomination. obviously that didn't work out. as i said, last time they picked mccain and hillary clinton. neither one of them won iowa. however, it's something every campaign wants to have, you always want your supporters to wake up sunday morning and read nice thing bz your candidate in the biggest newspaper in the state. >> i said it at the beginning newt gring ingrich in washingto. as the overall front-runner, why is newt in washington? is he taking the weekend off? >> reporter: yeah, i is. it's sort of curious because gingrich has been criticized by republicans for not really building up an organization, kind of using the debates to do well and he's only lately opened a campaign office here in des moines, sort of scrambling to put together organizations in these early states. and it's kind of striking, when you've got michele bachmann and rick perry and rick santorum all over the state this weekend
doing bus tours criticizing gingrich, he's taking the weekend off. he's doing some interviews, he did a teletown hall calling into iowa households today to sort of explain his positions. but iowa, the voters here, thet want to meet the candidate. the gingrich campaign, it's striking taking the weekend off. he's dotion talk show tomorrow from are washington. it's pretty interesting. >> pete hamby, thank you. the national office of the fraternity of sig sigma p hhi e closing its office in west virginia. a question, quote, if i could rape someone, who could it be? our affiliate wfff has the story. >> reporter: the lights were on in the sigma phi epsilon fraternity house friday night, but no one was willing to answer the door after stunning news
hours earlier. >> the national organization sigma phi epsilon has announced they are closing the chapter here in vermont. >> reporter: uvm associate vice president of student life anni stevens says the decision has to do with fraternity members not talking about the vai that asked people who they would like to rape. >> no one has really claimed responsibility. >> reporter: just days after learning the survey, the university suspended the fraternity and started an investigation. protests called for an end to the frat. >> this is something that can shatter someone's life! >> reporter: you think the university itself could have done more to really kind of calm thin things dounl? >> i think it was going to continue until some action, you know, was going to take place. >> reporter: that finally came friday when the national organization made its decision. school officials say now that the fraternity is closed, the 20 guy whoz live here will have to move out. stevens says the school will help the students find a new
place to live. she also hopes it brings some closure to the campus who prides itself on making it safe for everyone. >> i really hope this continues to compel us to carry out all of those same missions around really stopping violence of any kind and particularly challenging rape culture. >> matt austin from our affiliate are wfff. the national office of sigma phi epsilon said it and the university could decide later to reopen the chapter. from a rape survey to allegations of hazing. the scandal of hazing at florida a&m and we'll talk to an attorney for a student whose injuries were so severe she had to be hospitalized. a report on the violence in syria is next. also, the hazing scandal. one student says she was hazed, giving up her scholarship and going home.
overseas now, egypt's revolution isn't over and a new standoff between protestors and police turned bloody. officers battled with batons and guns, at least ten people have been killed since friday. a fire at a cairo library destroyed 200-year-old manuscripts consider ared irreplaceable. egypt's interim prime minister blaips protestors for raarson. they want him out of office. leon panetta became the first secretary of defense to visit libya. he didn't try to sugar-coat the challenges. he said the transition to democracy will be hard and it will be difficult. the secretary said he believed
libya's future would be prosperous. he also called libya a source of inss operati s praigpiration fo the physical wounds of the iraq war are not only fresh are, they are forever. now that the war is winding down, the recovery has a long way to go. michael holmes talks to iraqi civilians whose lives have been changed forever. >> reporter: in a baghdad rehabilitation facility, victims of nearly nine years of war try to rehab fallen bodies. thet are regular, everyday people. more than 30,000 u.s. troops were wounded during this war. how do we know? well, of course every one of them was counted. how many iraqi civilians, though, were maimed by the bombs and the bullets over the year snz well, nobody knows for sure. best guess? hundreds of thousands. but, of course, all of those numbers have a name.
ama masone, age 30 caught in a marketplace bombing, paraplegic, age 34, shot in sectarian are violences, paraplegic. kareem tasha, 26, truck driver, shot at random while driving. paraplegic. u usef, lost his leg. >> what will be in this country after this war? they worry about the future. >> translator: it destroyed our lives flts he's my only son. it crushed our morale at home. >> reporter: mr. ahmed is a broken man. his son was 12 when a roadside bomb went off as he he walked home from school in 2006. he hasn't walked since. >> translator: life at home is like hell now. his psychological state is not like that of other children who can go out tflt's painful to see
these other children. >> reporter: those who think the war is over because the americans are going aren't living in today's iraq. nearly 200 iraqis died last month, more than 300 wounded in horrific ways. most of them innocents in the wrong place at the wrong time as bombs went off or gunfire erupted. a humble driver for the education ministry set off for work one morning last month. minutes later, a bomb stuck to the bottom of his vehicle exploded. the father of a 3-month-old child lost his leg, victim it appears of one of a series of such bombings of government workers, not high-profile people, anyone who works for the government. >> translator: i really don't know who did it or why, he tells me, bewildered. i'm not an important person. >> reporter: we believe oday to
visit mona addnone, a particularly hardbreaking cases. the 29-year-old was her impoverisheded family sole income earner, selling tea outside her home, when a bomb planted blew one leg off and damaged the other. it was one of three bombs on that street that day, killed seven, wounded 28. it is difficult to watch her physical and emotional agony. >> translator: i don't know. i don't know anything. i just want my leg back. i don't want anything else. >> translator: what did this girl do to deserve this? her whole future is gone. what could we do? put had her on a cart and take her out to beg?
will be out of iraq by the end of the year. former army captain matt gallagher spent 15 months in iraq. he began blogging about his experiences soon after he arrived in 2007 as a lieutenant. his blog was enormously popular with fellow soldiers. then in 2008, the army shut down his blog. last year those stories were published so as a book called kaboom." so author matt gallagher joins me now from new york. thank you, sir. good to see you. doing okay? >> good to see you. yeah, absolutely. ha thanks for having me. >> you are the senior writer on the iava. matt, the question is, what's going through your head now? you've been there, the troops are coming home, you see the remaining troops will be home soon. how does that feel? >> very surreal time. i'm sure not just just for myself but all veterans of iraq. not being there, there's a sense of closure, of course, but
seeing the images of the bases where when i was there 150,000 americans were there, now complete ghost towns. it's a very odd feeling. >> let's be honest here. if anyone has had a chance to travel over the last couple of weeks and you see the troops coming home from iraq and afghanistan. you know they'll home with their kids and you see the families rushing and the tears u. can't help but be moved by that. >> oh, absolutely. especially during this time of the holidays. it's like a real-life santa claus coming home to their kids. every one of those men and women are heroes, not only for their families but for the country. it's very poignant and touching. >> matt, was it worth it? was the fight worth it? >> it's a great question, don. something that miss torians will be debating for decades. right now the reality of these wars, the legacy will play out in home fronts of two countries, both in iraq as you talked about in the segment before this one, and back here in the states. we have returning veterans
coming home to record numbers of unemployment, trying to get back to school with a new gi bill, kind of how my generation of veterans reincorporated back into american society will really have a huge impact of the legacy of this war. >> we've been talking about your blog. it was enormously popular and it was shut down. why did the army shut it down? >> yeah, for about six months i was keeping a blog, talking about the comings and goings of my platoon in iraq, stationed in a small outpost just north of baghd baghdad. and i wrote about a conversation i had with my battalion commander that was perhaps a little too frank and honest. and they pulled the plug on it, which they had the right to do technically. i hadn't committed any operational security violations so kind of a debate ensued about, you know, social media playing out in a combat zone. i came back, did the remaining months of my tour in iraq, as
honorably and bravely as i could with my men, came back, transitioned oust out of the service and was lucky enough to write a book about it. >> what was the benefit? do you think men and women or even their families or people who just wanted to know, what was the benefit? do you think they got anything out of the blog? >> you know, i hope so. i hope that by putting names and experiences down, you know, on the internet served as a connection for americans that weren't directly connected to these wars. >> it's real because you were there. >> absolutely, yeah. the boy next door. we all wiere just trying to do the best we could. >> i want to read an excerpt from your book about the capture of a high-value terrorist known as mohammed the ghost. you were surprised had when you actually saw him, you said. you wrote that he probably could have been captured much earlier by setting a trap with, quote,
you said, xboxs, a few porn mags and some weed. explain that to us. >> when i went over tl in 2007, i had a very powerful image of who the bad guy was, right? kind of the -- looked a lot like osama bin laden, die-hard jihadists, wanting to kill everything that i held dear. you know, certainly those men existed here and there, but most of the insurgents that we dealt with on a day-to-day basis during my time in iraq were kids trying to put bread on the table sometimes. they'd been hired by older insurgents to plant bombs, to pull triggers. you know, there was some empathy that we developed for those guys. at the same time, there's only so much empathy you can have for those people who are actively are trying to kill you. so it was a very ambiguous, gray experience for all of us and realizing that, as with all
wars, the ones that started it aren't the ones fighting it. >> a couple seconds here, matt. what's on your lapel? >> yeah, i'm rocking my combat action badge that i earned with the army in iraq and my iava pin, the iraq and afghanistan veterans of america, a service organization that i'm not only proud to be a member of but also work for. >> matt gallagher, thanks for coming up. most of all, thanks for your service. >> thanks shg don. appreciate it. investigators i.d. the man they say opded fire at a california office building killing two of his co-workers and we'll have that, plus more of your top stories next.
right now. investigators have identified the gunman who killed two people, then himself at an office building in southern california. they say 48-year-old andre turner opened fire at southern california edison yesterday. "the l.a. times" is reporting the victims worked for the utility company as did turner. the paper also reports two other people wounded in the shooting are now in critical condition. ex-chicago bears wide receiver sam hurd is out of jail, released on a $100,000 cash bond. he's accused of conspiring to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana and cocaine in order to distribute it in and around chicago. the bears cut hurd from the team yesterday. his attorney says hurd is innocent and will fight those charges. she stuck by him through accusations of rape, but kobe bryant's wife is now filing for divorce. vanessa bryant and the basketball star had been married more than ten years. they have two daughters who are 8 and 5 years old. in 2003 colorado prosecutors
charged kobe bryant with sexual assault but dropped the case after the victim refused to testify. a united front in suburban detroit as about 200 muslims and christian protestors lined up to picket lowe's, because they chose to pull ads from the tlc show "the all-american muslim." lowe's decision came after a florida group opposed the show. a local station said 30 counterprotestors showed up to support lowe's. the hazing scandal at florida a&m university may soon lead to a lawsuit. a freshman said is vicious hazing left her leg so badly injured she had to go to the hospital. her attorney is going to join me next. but first, a national report released just this week finds that nearly half of america's public schools failed federal achievement standards. how can parents help turn around
a failing school? we get some advices from from steve perry in this edition of "perry's principles". >> there are ways that you can improve the school. the first is that you as a parent have to get involved. you have to meet with the principal and the teachers there and you have to come and be solution-oriented. coming in and pointing out problems doesn't help anybody. we see the same problems that you do. talk to other parents and see what they think. get your apta together and as a group be solution or intented. talk about improving your reading and math scores, talk about making it a more comfortable environment. fight the powers that want to maintain the status quo within the school. demand that people stay after school with your children, even if it is outside the contract. you must be determined to get the best education out of any school that you have to send your child to. >> announcer: perry's principle ares brought to you by the university of phoenix, an educated world is a better
s. > . this story has really been in the headlines and a lot of people in social media are reaching out to me about this story. we're going to get more information now about brea turner, a band member at florida a&m university. she says she was -- hang on one second. >> brea hunter. >> wrong name. brea hunter. let's go to it now. tell us brea's story. b.j. bernstein is her attorney. brea said she was beaten so badly -- i'm glad you said that, there was a wrong name in there -- with one of her legs,
she said it was hazing, she had an $82,000 scholarship, she is giving it up, doesn't want to go up. >> right. freshman, 18 years old, was a clarinet player, and is 105 pounds soaking wet. i mean, she is a tiny little girl who is full of energy, full of life, was excited about going to the school. it was her parents' ault mater, got the scholarship. as she gets to school, there's this red dog group and there are actually several subgroups in the band in which there is hazing to be a part of this group in your freshman year. >> to be a part of the marching 100 is a big, big deal, right? so they feel they have to go through this hazing because, number one, they want to be a part of it, probably for the most part. number two, their parents and everybody else are proud of them and they can't not do it. >> and it's just natural with young people this able. i almost want to say children. they may be 18 or 19, but we all know what they're like. they want to fit in, be be a
part of the group. they want to show their littlety to -- loyalty to their school. but it results in a brutal beating such that she was at the hospital, she did -- is it was eventually reported because she could barely walk and actually is still getting medical attention today. >> she did ant interview, she and her mom, before you became her attorney because you would not have allowed this interview to happen. >> no, no. >> let's listen to the longer sound bite where she talks about the hazing. then her mom stops her in the middle and says, i don't think you need to talk anymore. then we'll talk to b.j. >> the first day, like everybody -- not everybody but some -- a good few people got hit. >> you need to stop. i'm not comfortable. >> they went around the room and they asked people, did you want to be a part of this
organization? >> it's an organization within the band. >> well, it's not affiliated with the band but it's in the band. >> what do you mean? >> like it's not legal. >> okay? the mom is not comfortable talking about it, but they in some way kind of knew it was going on. but did they know how severe it was? >> you know, obviously no. i mean, you don't know that your child is going to be beat to the stage that she's in the hospital or with robert champion, your child is going to be beat so that he dies. >> but her dad was in the band, wasn't he? >> her dad was in the band but it wasn't to this level when he was there, and, again, this is -- this is the problem. it's an open secret at florida a&m and other institutions where hazing occurs. >> okay. let's talk about robert champion. he died. his death was ruled a homicide, an autopsy revealed that the hazing trauma was the cause of his death. they were friends. he warned her.
listen. >> he didn't like it. he told me not to let anyone touch me. >> even worse, than what that child said, it gives me chill bumps, i met his parents the other day, bria has told me that robert said to her, hazing is like a cancer, and one day it's going to be found and come to light. and who could have aare realize that what brought it to light was that child's own death. if that doesn't give everybody chill bumps who says, why are you going after the school? because there's a tradition in fraternities and sororities and a lot of alums know exactly what i'm talking about. but they have to stop and think, things are changing. times are changing. why is violence a way to show your loyalty? you can show your loyalty to your fellow pledges, classmates, in so many other constructive ways. and in a world where we're upset about bullying, where we're
upset -- this whole newscast, about the violence in our world, these are the good kids, the kid whoz are scholars, who are musicians. >> because it's always been had that way doesn't mean had that it has to go on doing that way. because you did something in the past doesn't make it right. >> exactly. it has to stop. that's what we're working on hard here. >> and she's suing with you as her representative. >> we'll be filing suit soon. >> for? >> for damages. the child's lost an $82,000 a year xolor arship. she has physical injuries as of -- i just saw her again yesterday. she still has trouble walking. she can't bend all the way down. she was at the doctor for several hours yesterday, back tore testing again today because they were concerned about some things with her legs. this is serious stuff. >> thank you. appreciate, b.j. >> thank you. >> again, it is bria hunter. and b.j. is the attorney. coming up, we want to talk some money now. if you're looking for a job this time of year, you may be able to take advantage of the holiday season to get ahead. cnn's christine romans spoke to
founder of job bound for some helpful tips. >> reporter: tell our viewers, brad, what you need to do to take advantage of this time of year to get a job. >> sure. speaking of this time of year, one tip i have is don't be greedy this holiday season. a lot of job seekers want to hold out for of the perfect job. now if, you've been out of a job for a week, month, you can maybe hold out. if you're long-term unemployed, get any job. i hear people saying, i was a director. my advice is prove it on the job. don't prove it in the interview. >> reporter: just get in there. >> it's easier to have that discussion with smn in hr once you've been there six months. >> reporter: if you're going to have 5 million people potentially rolling off unemployment benefits, you can't afford to wait to what you think is your level. >> exactly. that's what a lot of people are doing. just get in, do something. as long as you're not going to be miserable, get in. >> reporter: how should you be using the holiday season maybe to find the connections and
networks. we've talked about networking as an important opportunity, keeping up your social media connections. but holiday parties, is it crasses or savvy to be making those connections? >> i think it's never a bad idea to network. people definitely worry that they're going to have to be a little too crass. people enjoy networking. they want to talk to friends, hear what's going on and they want to legitimately help you. not a bad idea.
egyptian protestors thought their rebellion was over, but nothing could be further from the truth. ten people have been killed in violence since friday a. it this picture outraging many people and on social media it's all over the place. a defenseless woman nearly naked to the waist dragged off by officers. i'm joined by phone from are cairo. this is unbelievable stuff here. what's going on, mohammed? >> reporter: well, i've been at the site of the clashes for 48 hours. they're ongoing now as i speak. it's between the egyptian protestors and the military. it started outside the cabinet where the protestors had staged
an open-ended -- dubbed occupy cabinet. they do not like the new prime minister appointed by the military. they see him as one of mubarak's men. waez he was in mubarak's cabinet for 18 years. now they feel they have been mris led are and they don't want him at all. i watched the beginning of the clashes, the military was on top of the rooftop of the cabinet building throwing down unconventional p weapons, everything from sofas, fire extinguishers, cement blocks, glass. and they really made a lot of injuries to the protestors on the ground. we know now from the minister and prosecutor that ten people have been killed with live ammo, which is surprising because the prime minister gave out a speech saying that live ammo was not used and it must have been another third party involved and the protests do not believe that. the situation is the military stormed in while the cnn crew
was on the ground and we had to run for a good 300 meters. they were just beating elderly, women, little kids. they were just going way out, and the picture you see right in front of you has been causing a lot of talk on the ground, circulating on twitter, facebook. people are upset. they really had faith in -- there was a slogan in the egyptian community, the army -- are one hand. this specific photo has really tarnished their image, and it does not seem like these clashes are going to stop anytime soon. >> mohammed, you're talking about prime minister kamal gone zorry, appointed by the military earlier this this month. but that picture we have been looking at, this that picture is horrific. what is hop haping in this picture? obviously they are stomping on her, this woman, in the middle of the street. the reaction from this and exactly what is going on here?
>> reporter: what is going on is that one reaction from the government or let's say a government official was that this photo must have been photoshopped, fab ricketricate photo. i myself was around during this attack. i didn't see this specific incident happening, but, yes, people are shocked because this is an islamic culture and one infringement that you see as ripping somebody's clothes off, that's really a big deal. >> well, for a woman to have exposed h ed her bra there in t c culture, that in itself is terrible. >> reporter: yeah, it's a disaster. i've seen a man crying saying, our women have been abetrayed. i actually saw another woman whose veil was removed by the military, was beaten and considered a traitor. it seems that they are also attacking foreigners and journalists. a lot of journalists have been beaten, cameras confiscated.
we at cnn on the ground had to also limit our coverage with the cameras on the ground specifically because of what is happening right now. and from where i'm standing the clashes are still ongoing, the molotov cocktails are being exchanged. the one specific scene that really upset me and many people is at the epicenter of the clashes there's a building, it's scientific center, and it contains manuscripts of historical books, 200,000 of them, that have been destroyed completely, and the building is completely burnt and destroyed. and it's just really upsetting because, other than the ten people that died, now we have a historical building that have been completely destroyed. don? >> and the prime minister saying the arson committed by those protestors they showed no patriotism by burning down that libra library, according to him. li listen, with this unrest, mow had haumd, happening now and the
crackdown, does it show any signs of diminishing, or is it just firing up the protestors and the opposition? >> reporter: well, basically, the statement has really upset the opposition and the protestors because the average person at home now sees the protestors as these thugs who are are destroying public property and history. but the matter of the fact is, i was standing outside that building at 9:00 a.m. when it was happening and basically there were military officers on top of the roof throwing rocks at the protestors on the ground, and they were fighting back. and many of them when i spoke to them -- i myself didn't know this was a library that contained such historical books and manuscripts. so none of these people believe that the protestors would do that on purpose. they are people who are -- many of them are very educated and they do -- they would not do that. but the question is, what was the military doing on top of this building when it's a
historical building? >> yeah. that's the library mohammed is speaking about you're speaking of. mohammed, be safe. in cairo with all with all the unrest in cairo, we appreciated you again, mohammed. every three months we're telling you about a new facebook redesign. but you've never seen an overall like this one on the site before. what you need to know about using the new facebook timeline and whether you have any choice in this matter coming up. that's why every day we help people across the country get into their first homes. prepare for a comfortable retirement and protect the people and things that matter most. at genworth we believe every day is the right day to take a step toward tomorrow.
have i noticed your friend's facebook profiles look a lot different in the past few days? maybe you're one of the thousand who is have turned on the site's new timeline feature. some people love it, some people hate it and some people are confused about how's it work, where's my wall? what's going on? that's why we is a senior editor for the tech web site cnet. was one of the testers of the timeline. we're going to pop up my page here for a little bit. first off, you're going to need more than just a profile pick from now on, right? >> yeah. they have this thing called the cover photo. it's this panoramic picture behind your profile picture. you might take your profile picture and have another picture of your face on it.
i know you want to make sure everybody sees you all over the facebook, man. >> that was me visiting the facebook headquarters. >> i knew you would have your face on your face. >> course i did. i was hugging the wall. the wall liked me. everyone said "i'm glad it didn't poke you." a little facebook humor. let's see where you can see the actual timeline. can you go back and add pictures and events from the beginning of your life and even if you want to put your family before you were born. >> what makes this navigation pretty cool, it makes it like a scrapbook of your life. you drag through and remember all these pictures and event us forgot about. in a scary way it also documents pretty much every moment you've interacted on facebook. it's kind of like a year book, too. it's creepy how much information
you can scoop from all your activity. >> you were looking at pictures like twou, 1989. there were some from the 80s. check that out. i don't know if you can see it. >> how big was the hair in the 80? those are my modelling proves. i weighed about 132 pounds wet. there it is, i'm irkle. >> thank you, brian tong, appreciate it. >> when we come right back here, sweet reunions between the troops and their families. beauty, huh? it's dependable.
need some inspiration here? after more than eight years of war, the last of u.s.'s military forces will soon be out of iraq. here are some of the sweet reunions between the troops and their families. >> if he were here right now, i'd tell him thanks for serving us in our country. >> just happy and shocked. truly happy. >> it is a tremendous feeling and one that very few moments in
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