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this is "cnn newsroom," day four of the shutdown. >> the fierce verbal attacks and let's face it, toxic atmosphere in the washington that forced the government shutdown, well, kind of intensified today. >> we heard moments ago from republican leaders one after the other simply slamming the president as well as the democratic party. we heard from house speaker john boehner setting the tone now in washington. listen to this. >> i was at the white house the other night. and listened to the president some 20 times explain to me why he wasn't going to negotiate. sat there and listened to the majority leader in the united states senate describe to me that he's not going to talk until we surrender. and then this morning, i get "the wall street journal" out and it says we don't care how long this lasts because we're winning. this isn't some damn game.
the american people don't want their government shutdown and neither do i. all we're asking for is to sit down and have a discussion and to bring fairness, reopen the government and bring fairness to the american people under obama care. it's as simple as that. >> is it as simple as that? moo immediately after the speaker made those remarks, we heard something from democratic congress mann jim mcdermott, he blasted boehner saying this is not true. listen to what he says. >> every time the speaker comes out and says the senate won't negotiate, he is not telling the truth. i'm going to be very careful how i say that. he's not telling the truth. he refuses to appoint conferrees to go and sit down with the senate. he hasn't done it for six months. and now he says with his back up against the wall, when he's lost on this obama care ploy, he now says oh, i'm ready to negotiate. i'll send some people over.
well, where has he been for the last six months? >> dana bash joins us now from the capital. candy crowley is in our washington bureau. dana, let's start with you. speaker boehner clearly digging in there, the mudslinging continues. what do you make of it? >> you're exactly right. look, the reality is that the speaker certainly is getting a lot of pushback from some -- many of the republican establishment. he is getting a lot of pushback from some republican senators, even some of the most conservative saying this strategy is just unworkable to dig in. but from inside his caucus, the people who he just met with this morning, i'm told that they are really, really standing by him, that his resolve on this is actually helping him from within his caucus. all sides of his caucus, not just the most staunch conservatives, those elected with tea party support but all sides. so at this point, he feels like he doesn't really need to move
when it comes to the shutdown. and the message that he put out there that democrats suggested this is all a game, that is something that we now know has been discussed very clearly as strategy among republicans to say that democrats simply won't negotiate and they feel like that this is going to help republicans at least alleviate some of the blame here. we'll see if that's going to happen. >> dana, here's how i understand where we are in this. correct me if i'm wrong. you have cantor and boehner coming out saying look, we are willing to reopen parts of the government that's shutdown. so we'll offer head start next week, fema this week. you can have your pay for furloughed workers guaranteed the following weeks. all different assurances and saying just come to the table with us, democrats. and the democrats are saying, the white house is saying this is not a negotiating point when it's tied to obama care funding
the government and obama care. is that where we are right now? >> that's right. they're going even further. they're not just saying they're willing to open up these parts of the government, they're voting on it. they voted on nih already. they voted on veterans, on national park service. they're going to do head start and so for the in the days to come. so that's why they have -- they are convinced that they are going to try to slowly get the upper hand with regard to the way the public is playing. the other important thing to keep in mind, i jut interviewed congressman john flemming. he's one of the more conservative members of the republican caucus. he said that when he talks to his constituents, the overwhelming response to the shutdown is at at that time boy. keep going because they say they don't even want to talk about the shutdown. they want to talk about how much they dislike obama care. that is the reality of many in the republican caucus. certainly you have many who are coming out saying they think enough already. that they want to have a clean
no strings attached spending bill passed. but so far, they've not been willing to put their vote where their mouth is. the others are getting applause from the constituents back home. >> dana, hang with us there. candy crowley in a minute here. i want to bring in democratic congress woman nit that lowey. she represents new york to react and respond to what we heard from republicans here essentially saying we're offering and approving to fund certain parts of the government if only the democrats would come to the table and talk what it is that we want to talk about, which is essentially looking at different ways they can compromise on obama care. is it the position of the democrats and the white house that that's just not on the table? it's not going to happen? >> speaker boehner has been backed into a corner by the extreme right wing of his party, the tea party crowd. he knows that there has been a negotiation, in fact, the number that was sent to the senate for the continuing resolution is
their number. but of course, the senate wouldn't take all those extraneous bits of language about affordable care. the affordable health care act was passed by the house, passed by the senate, affirmed by the supreme court. that is not part of the continuing resolution negotiation. speaker boehner knows that. the senate is absolutely right in not wanting to deal with extraneous matters like the affordable health care act and the president knows that. what has to happen now, speaker boehner has to come to a table and say it's our number. we won it. let's get together and let's open the government. the republicans insist on shutting down the government and hurting thousands of people in my district, people are thrown off head start. we know that those who were doing important research for the national institutes of health are told not to come to work. we cannot allow this shutdown to
continue. the republicans know it. they have to stop it now. >> congress woman, you're saying they need to come and sit down. we hear the republicans stand up. they want to negotiate. everybody's talking about negotiating and sitting down. it seems nobody's doing it. what are you hearing there on the hill about actually following through? it seems ridiculous. you've got both sides saying we need to talk and sit down and work this out. nobody's doing it. >> look, let me make this clear. the republican tea party, are flailing about. speaker boehner is getting a lot of flack because the republicans shut down the government. beat did negotiate. it's the republican number of 988. but the senate is correct and the democrats in the house are correct that we cannot let the affordable health care act which is law to be debated once again. >> congress woman, thanks so much. nita lowey there, new york, appreciate you joining us from the capital. >> thank you very much. >> want to bring inning chief
political correspondent candy crowley. thank you for waiting on this. you've listened to both sides of this, a lot of people wondering where does this go from here. where do they blink. the looming deadline october 17th when the government is going to run out of money and potentially default on its loans. is there any wiggle room here? >> not yet. but there's never any wiggle room till there is. somebody blinks at some point. so the and we don't quite note where that will be. and right now, from both sides what you're hearing is messaging. the reason the house is passing all these bills that dana mentioned, let's fund nih and the head start program is precisely so. democrats like nina lowey capital say say the well, you know, people doing research on cancer for babies can't because the government's shut down and the republicans say we pass aid bill that would put them back to work but the senate won't take it up. this is all about positioning and messaging right now.
it will likely get wrapped up in the debt ceiling which brings us as serious as the government shutdown may be, there's real gravity in the debt ceiling and failing to raise that over time. so i think as time goes on, you're closer to an agreement. but right now, absent any kind of cross party talk in the leadership, i think there's cross party talk beneath the leadership, but there isn't any at the top. absent that, it's positioning on both the democrats and republican side. one is they shut down the government and hurting babies and national security. the other is wait a second. you won't sit down and talk to us about it. >> candy, you're plugged in as anyone i know. i've been meaning to ask you about this. when you look at this 20, 30, 40 whatever it is right wing republicans that the democrats say are behind the whole thing and there's moderate democrats nervous about what they're all up to, do you see any potential, some people are saying there's almost a third party emerging in
american politics. do you think that theory has traction? >> i think third party is just as a general statement, third parties have a very tough time gathering steam just because of the way the system is set up. you have to have a very well-known kind of leader and you have to have a lot of money. it's why ross perot was somewhat successful. even a guy with that kind of money couldn't make inroads. they can wreck other people's campaigns. that's always possible. i want to remind you what dana said at the beginning which is, she talked about broad support for the speaker's prosecution. she didn't talk about the 35 to 40, it's their position only and he's going up against all the moderates. she talked about broad support for the speaker and where he is at this moment. we're seeing it begin to fray around the edges but there's been no moderate house revolt. let me just venture why quickly. one is that republicans
especially moderate ones are less afraid of being thrown out of office in a general election than being defeated in a primary by another more conservative republican. and as dana pointed out, one of the tea party members she spoke with, their districts are all for them. their universe is their district. the senate universe is their state. the president's universe is kind of the whole country. so politically they're all talking to constituents and they get different messages. >> yeah. >> candy, thank you. going to be talking to very important people, part of this debate. senator ted cruz and the treasury secretary jack lew on your show "state of the union" on sunday morning 9:00 a.m. eastern. very important there. you know, the treasury secretary is going to bring up an important point. when does the pivot happen. october 17th, it has to happen in the next week or so. >> there would be economic carnage if there is a default. and again, i keep coming back, the world is watching. you've got the imf very nervous about what would happen were
that to happen. so we'll see. it's going to be fascinating. don't forget state of the union this weekend. going to be fascinating discussions. coming up, how the government shutdown is impacting people right across the country already. >> it's a state of uncertain. you don't know the how long you'll be at home, if we'll even get back pay. we may be just out of work with no income coming in. >> the impact of the government shutdown. the outrage over it being felt nationwide all this. when our little girl was born, we got a subaru. it's where she said her first word. (little girl) no! saw her first day of school. (little girl) bye bye! made a best friend forever. the back seat of my subaru is where she grew up. what? (announcer) the two-thousand-fourteen subaru forester. (girl) what? (announcer) built to be there for your family. love. it's what makes a subaru,
the impact of the government shutdown, the outrage over all of this, definitely being felt across the country, all this week, we have traveled across the country to ask folks, what do they think about all of this. >> ted rowlandsed is in st. louis asking middle america, what is their message to washington? ted, what are they telling you? >> well, get back to work and get this done. people are disgusted. absolutely, you listen to the banter back and forth, the separate teejry of how to move forward, it makes people of middle america sick the politics in washington. we're in st. louis. the arch you can still look at it but can't go inside it
because it is closed. people have come here to get inside. the fact they can't makes them very angry. >> the sign inside the locked gates at the st. louis arch says it all. telling visitors they can't come in because lawmakers can't get along. an average of 700,000 people come to national parks and federal attractions like the arch every day. many of those people are furious. >> well, i think what they would have stopped playing silly games like a bunch of little kids and get this thing done. otherwise comes november or whenever they're up for re-election, don't worry, we're not voting for you. >> and this was a trip that you had planned. >> yeah, this was on my bucket list. not going to get to do it i guess. >> we were hoping to go to the top. my wife's birthday on sunday and we got the kids out of school and came here for the weekend and don't get to the do that now. but -- >> what message would you send to the federal government and lawmakers on capitol hill. >> hold hands and get along.
get back to work. >> about 70 federal park employees have been furloughed at the arch. karen bollinger is with the company that runs the trolley inside the arch, 48 of her employees are not getting paid and unlike federal employees that may get compensated down the road, they'll never get paid. >> what message would you like to tell lawmakers? >> to please come to your resolution soon. every day matters. we wake up every morning hoping this is the day it will come to an end. we're ready to get back to work. >> and this park here is normally filled with people lining up to go inside the arch. they are not here. the people selling food in this are not making money. it is serious business. and people around the country are pretty upset. >> i would say it has a ripple effect for a lot of folks there. ted rowlands, appreciate it. coming up, we've got new details about the tragic shooting had
lawmakers and tourists scrambling in washington yesterday. >> we'll have a look at that woman gunned down by police after ramming into a security barrier at the white house and then going off on that chase you see there. >> plus, tropical storm karen is weakening, but still packing a punch. this is where the storm is heading. this is cnn news room. [ sneezes, coughs ] i've got a big date, but my sinuses are acting up. it's time for advil cold and sinus. [ male announcer ] truth is that won't relieve all your symptoms. new alka seltzer plus-d relieves more sinus symptoms than any other behind the counter liquid gel. oh what a relief it is. [ male announcer ] let's go places. but let's be ready. ♪
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there are many questions today surrounding a tragic incident that started with one woman in one car that put all of downtown washington into emergency mode. watch this. >> [ speaking foreign language ] >> folks running there and then crashing cars, police sirens, gunshots sent frightening people running for safety. this is an area between the white house and the u.s. capitol. this happened yesterday afternoon. >> [ bleep ]. >> oh, my -- what the [ bleep ] happened there. person was running.
[ bleep ]. >> that was -- >> the officer who crashed into this barrier wasn't badly hurt. but this was a city essentially that was in chaos for a while before police isolated the woman who started the disturbance, finally stopping her. deborah feyerick is in washington now. explain this for us here. because you have a woman. she leads the police into this dangerous car chase. now, she is dead. and there are a lot of people wondering and asking how was this handled? was this handled well? >> well, it was handled the way police there on capitol hill are trained to handle this kind of incident. specifically, they didn't know what the threat was. they didn't know whether this was somebody with mental health issues or whether in fact this was something more serious, somebody, for example, with a bomb of some sort. so because when they drew their weapons and the driver of the car did not stop, it clearly escalated the situation. the woman was trying to gain access to the white house. she was turned away at the first checkpoint, tried to gain access
again and led police on that huge car chase. we are learning according to a number of sources that she seemed to be suffering from some sort of depression, whether it was postpartum depression. she had a 13-month-old child in the car with her. investigators were at the apartment overnight and did find two types of medication, one ta treats schizophrenia or symptoms of bipolar disorder. the other is a medication used as an antidepressant. so those were in the apartment that were found and her boyfriend had actually called police back in december saying she was delusional, that she thought that the president had her under electronic surveillance. clearly things were not right. >> real quick, i know she had a little baby in the car with her. do we know anything about the condition of the child. >> the child was okay, taken to the hospital in protective services now, suzanne. >> thank you, deborah feyerick, appreciate it. >> michael in. >> a tropical storm threatening parts of louisiana and the florida panhandle. we're seeing some crazy weather
in colorado, a lot of snow. there's also a stretch of tornadoes and all of that is actually getting some of those furloughed people back to work. chad meyers, tell us about that and what we're expecting down here. >> here is karen. there is wind in the atmosphere that pushes the storm away from the center. it looks like, there's the center. that's not the center is not the big blob. the center is over here. because the wind is blowing the storms across, it's not allowing the storm to get around and make a big circle. so it's not gaining any strength. we do expect it to turn to the north and probably graze the florida gulf coast. that is the center of the line. there's still the left and right where we can be all the way from new orleans all the way overjacksonville. if the storm stays in the water longer, this is very warm water, the storm will get stronger if it goes there. storm won't be as strong as if it goes straight into land. it could be on grand isle in 24 hours.
it could take can two days, two and a half days to get to pensacola. >> bringing rain to a lot of places that have already had plenty. >> a 50-mile-per-hour storm isn't a big deal for storm surge or damage but the trees will fall down sitting in mud. s in the wettest summer of all time. >> colorado, stuff going on up there. >> colorado, wyoming, south dakota, major snow event. we're talking 18 to 30 inches of snow. black hills of south dak up into wyoming. the snow is coming down. at least a dozen counties with blizzard warnings going on right now. blizzard warnings where you can't seats a quarter mile in front of your car. and like you said, now there are going to be severe thunderstorms from about omaha through des moines and maybe as far as south as the central plains. >> they were saying earlier it's 90 degrees in washington. >> exactly right institute chad meyers, thanks. >> as we mentioned, it is day
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other slamming the president and the democrats in general. house speaker john boehner setting the tone. >> this isn't some damn game. the american people don't want their government shutdown and neither do i. all we're asking for is to sit down and have a discussion and to bring fairness, reopen the government and bring fairness to the american people under obama care. it's as simple as that. >> president obama has canceled now an important rip to the asia-pacific economic summit. apec so that he can keep pressing for republicans to allow an open vote to reopen the government. that is a significant cancellation and in asia, they're a little concerned. this is the second one in a row that he has missed the last one in russia, he missed, as well. >> he's making it clear, this is not up for negotiation, obama care. this is not something he's going to tie to funding the federal
government. every day the government is shutdown, a day of more worry and loss for a lot of folks. some of the real concerns that may affect you -- >> a report by the consulting firm ih global estimates the cost to the economy 300 mfld a day. hundreds of food inspectors from the fda are off the job, although meat, poultry and egg inspections will continue under the department of agriculture. >> the epa is limited now and head start who depend on federal funding are now closing. the longer the shutdown goes on, the more pain follow for a lot of folks. if you woke up knowing you had no child care or school for your little ones, what would you think about that? >> that is a reality for many low income family who have children in the head start programs that are right across the country, of course. john zarrella picks up the story
from one center where folks are worried they may have nowhere to go after today. >> for the kids, lugging their backpacks and holding mom's hand, a big change may be coming in their young lives. this is a head start center in brooksville, florida, north of tampa that provides for 135 children. >> besides singing and dancing, the youksters aged 3 to 5 get meals, education and some health care. but the federal funding ran out tuesday. supplemental funding runs out friday. >> my mommy said the school is going to shut down after friday. >> after that, the doors shut here and at 16 centers run by mid-florida community services in two other counties. >> that means 924 children in three counties here in florida will not get to attend head start. and that means 215 staff members will not have a job after
friday. >> single mom ashleigh rodriguez goes to school full-time. without this program for her son giovanni, she's not sure how she can juggle classes and child care. >> if they don't make this budget and get it together, we're the ones who are going to suffer, and our children will be the one who are going to, you know, be without food. be without education. >> many of the parents here share rodriguez's concerns saying they are facing tough times ahead if the government shutdown drags on. the kids are too young to understand what's going on. but they do know this place is fun. why do you like it here? >> because it's fun. >> because it's fun? >> yeah. i like the toys. i like to go outside. >> across florida, head start programs serve 32,000 children. quite a few head start centers around the state had the later
end date for their federal dollars or other revenue sources. they're still open for now. but for the kids here, a real world civic lesson before they can even spell the word. john zarrella, cnn, brooksville, florida. >> so it's important to note that representative eric cantor earlier today republicans said look, this is going to be one of the many, if you will, continuing resolutions spending that they're going to allow to move forward in the government to fund head start starting next week. >> in the house. >> because there's a lot of pressure here there are already kids suffering. my mom's retired head start teacher, those kids they have breakfast and lunch every day and they count on it because of their income. >> so what we're seeing is a continuation of this strategy, if you like, part of the game being played at the moment, firing off mini bills of stuff like head start but also food safety, things like back pay for government workers furloughed, all these mini bills, 11 of them will go through the house, get passed and go to the senate and
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expensive as they are today. we called the agcommittees in both houses, closed due to the shutdown. milk prices will spike to bucks a gallon. the national average is $3.45. an almost $5 spike would hurt. at a time when we're seeing more overall prices for groceries, food prices up 3% this year, orange juice, bread, all those prices have been moving higher. >> one of the great ironies of all this with the shutdown, all the people monitoring the effects of the economy of the shutdown aren't there. so it's hard to find out what the effects are. one thing i was going to mention too, gas prices have been going south for what, a month or so now. what's behind that? and tropical storm karen, we know that that can impact gas prices. >> so watching gas prices, they've been down 32 days in a row this year to last year, you're down about 40 cents in
last year. you've got a little more money in your pocket. the reasons here a boom in domestic production, a diminished chance of military interventioning in syria, all of our worst syria fierce have not come to fruition. and get this, the shutdown may be helping here. and analysts say the shutdown translates into less driving not only from furloughed commuterers but tourists planning to visit attractions run by the government. you mentioned tropical storm karen. depending on its path that, could suspend drilling and refining operations in the gulf. that is the fly in the ointment. if this revs up, you could see oil prices moving higher. where now, it gas prices keep falling >> you are full of good news, christine romans. thanks for that, i think. suzanne. >> coming up, cnn sitting down with iran's foreign minister muhammad za reef, what he has to
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poor. >> the pope likes to go off script today. no exception. called for christians to step away from worldliness which he said leads to vanity, arrogance and pride. also this week, the pope began meeting with advisors to discuss ways to make some changes at the vatican. >> 76 years old and that guy moves at rapid fire pace. >> shaking hands and talking to people too. >> he's shaking it up in the vatican. the prime minister of israel, benjamin netanyahu couldn't be more clear really. he doesn't trust the new president of iran. >> we are talking about president hassan rouhani who brought a much different to the united nations last week. it was a message of cooperation and peace that mr. netanyahu says is all a ruse. coming up from a quote wolf in sheep's clothing the prime minister talked to piers morgan right here on cnn and said even
though he doesn't trust president rouhani, he would still take his phone call. the telephone up and called you, would you take that call? >> yeah, we're not averse to calling. i'll tell you what i'll tell him. you want the sanctions lifted, stop your nuclear program. why do you need underground bunkers? why do you need icbms? the sole purpose of icbms is to carry nuclear pay loads not to israel, to europe and the united states. they already have missiles that reach israel. why do you need to enrich uranium. 17 countries, canada, mexico, sweden, spain is, switzerland, indonesia, they all have civilian nuclear energy programs. they don't have enrichment because enrichment, uranium enrichment is how you make nuclear weapons. if you want to convince us to drop the sanctions, drop your nuclear weapons program. no enrichment, no heavy water
the other route to nuclear weapons. >> you'll hear more from benjamin netanyahu tonight at 9:00 eastern. >> on piers. now, the prime minister did meet with president obama this week. netanyahu that is and insisted that the u.s. sanctions against iran stay in place. he's not buying the rouhani charm offensive. others are saying give it a chance. but not the israeli prime minister. president obama told mr. netanyahu that despite the good will shown by iran at the u.n., military action is still on the table if iran, would towards producing nuclear weapons. >> so the foreign minister of iran talked with our own fareed zakaria. listen. >> what did you think of president obama's statement with prime minister netanyahu in washington? >> i believe political leaders have to exercise leadership. i was rather disappointed that president obama used language that was insulting to the
iranian people. i believe president obama should, in fact, stick to his declared intention to deal with iran on basis of mutual respect. that's what he said in his letter to the president. that's what he said in his address to the general assembly. you do not deal with another state with mutual respect by threatening them, by trying to intimidate them, particularly when you know that that is not useful. that is not of any utility. as i said, the iranian people react very, very negatively to such languages of threat intimidation. >> another fascinating interview to keep an eye on. you'll see more of that on sunday, 10:00 eastern on be fareed zakaria gps. you might recognize this voice. >> hello, i am susan bennett. you probably know me.
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>> do you like the system called siri. >> i was saying suzanne malveaux and it popped up with your phone number. i'll show you later. >> no. >> because you're in my phone. don't ask your siri. you won't get it. >> so if you thought siri was a robot, she's actually somebody, she's someone who lives in atlanta. >> yeah, we had a big surprise today on "new day." a visit from the real life siri. have a look and listen. >> i am the voice of siri. >> there she is. i kind of got chills. her name, her real name is susan bennett. she's here with us this morning. let's ask her questions. siri, why is one foot longer than the other? what is the driving time from new york to l.a.? >> are you happy to be here this morning? >> i'm sorry, michaela. i cannot answer those questions. >> people think that they came up with the phrases thathe speaks originally. but originally, it was just a bunch of sentences and phrases
that were created so that every single combination of vowels and consonants and syllables could be spoken. >> some people have had difficult with siri. by the way, please don't curse at siri. she's very sensitive. >> to pull back the curtain a little bit and reveal yourself, how do you feel? >> i'll let you know later today. >> don't think so. yeah, no, chatting about it, it is an extraordinary thing. in the uk, of course, and places like australia, as well, they use their own siri voice. they didn't use her voice. >> she's the american siri. >> i bet she's doing really well. >> if you would be good if you got a nickel for every from query. then you would be doing really well. fascinating stuff. by the way, cnn.com has a long interview with her, and it was up for two hours and had 250,000 hits. she is trending. >> and she's trending all the
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still. >> an a shutdown could mean disaster for people promised a life in the united states after risking their lives to help our troops in iraq. >> it's been nearly two years since the iraq war ended. the u.s. has withdrawn its troops from the country, but many iraqis who worked for the u.s. during the war say they and their families still live in danger. >> i work for the u.s. army. as a translatener 2008. it was like more than just a soirlds. we were like brothers. 2009 i receive a letter and with the letter was a bullet and they was writing stuff to me about my work, do you be the americans. this is it. like i have to leave. >> this iraqi translator who asked to remain anonymous to protect his family felt had he nowhere to turn until he learned about the list project. it's a u.s.-based non-profit that brings iraqis who work for
the u.s. army to safety in the u.s. >> the list project specific, he was telling me about how they have been helping a lot of interpreters and translators to get the process for getting visa here to u.s. >> since 2008, the list project says it has brought nearly 2,000 iraqis to the u.s. but the special immigrant visa that brings them to the united states has expired. and the government shutdown is now holding up any chance of renewing it. many hoping to get out of iraq may never find a path to safety. so the house and senate, they did approve an extension of this special immigrant visa program, but like most everything else in the government is now on the back burner while congress is fighting over the budget. >> a lot of iraqis would come here under that program. it's very important. wolf blitzer takes it from here. have a great weekend.