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first lady lead the country in a national moment of silence for the victims of the rampage in tucson. we have live pictures of the memorial outside of tucson hospital where doctors just gave an update on survivors still being treated including congresswoman gabrielle giffords. i'm tamron hall. the "news nation" is following the latest developments out of arizona. just two hours from now 22-year-old jared lochb will make his first court appearance on federal charges of trying to assassinate gabrielle giffords. he's accused of killing six people and injuring 12 hours. the pima shrve says the suspect is not cooperating. doctors say congresswoman giffords is in intensive care but responding to commands like moving her fingers. they are carefully watching the swelling in her brain, which peaks around the third day.
it's been two days since the shooting. with legislative activity on hold, one member says he will introduce a bill to make it a federal crime to threaten members of the congress. just a short time ago president obama praised those who rushed in to help in the moments following the shooting. >> i think it's important for us to also focus, though, on the extraordinary courage that was shown did your the course of these events. a 20-year-old college student who ran into the line of fire to rescue his boss. a wounded woman who helped secure the ammunition that might have caused even more damage. the citizens who wrestled down the gunman. part of what i think that speaks to is the best of america, even
in the face of such mindless violence. and so in the coming days, we're going to have a lot of time to reflect. right now the main thing we're doing is to offer our thoughts and prayers to those who have been impacted, making sure we're joining together and pug together as a country. and as president of the united states but also as a father. obviously i'm spending a lot of time just thinking about the families and reaching out to them. >> let's go right to nbc's kristen welker, she's at tucson's university hospital for the latest on congresswoman giffords and, of course, the other victims wounded in this awful attack. we'll start off with the congresswoman. doctors say this is critical, obviously, the three days they are watching potential brain swelling with her, what else do they have to say? >> reporter: well, tamron, they say they are encouraged with each passing day. they say the congresswoman
essentially is holding steady. they are not noticing any major changes. her family members by her side right now, so she's getting a lot of support in that way. here is what her doctor had to say just a short while ago during the news conference. >> at this phase in the game, no change is good, and we have no change. that is to say she's still following those basic commands. on top of that, the cat scans are showing that there is no progression of that swelling. we're not out of the woods yet. that swelling can sometimes take three days or five days to maximize. but every day that goes by and we don't see an increase, we're slightly more optimistic. >> so again, tamron, doctors are cautiously optimistic but they also stress she remains in critical condition. she is the one patient here who is still in critical condition out of all those who were injured on saturday. so this is still very much a waiting game. when she does start to recover, we are talking about a matter of
months. this is not a short recovery process. we're also getting some encouraging news, tamron, about the other victims. two people have been discharged from the hospital. four remain in fair condition. three are serious. and again, the congresswoman remains in critical condition. we want to say the doctors stress her family is by her side. her husband, mark kelly, who is an astronaut, also by her side. he recently released a statement thanking the public for all of their support saying right now is a waiting game for them, too. all they can do, tamron, is pray. tamron. >> kristin, thank you very much. in the last few hours we've learned details about another piece of evidence seized by suspected gunman jared loughner's home. a note actually addressed to congresswoman giffords was found in a safe believed to belong to the suspect. jim miklaszewski joins us from the pentagon. those details coming in, also
new details regarding the young man being rejected by the army. what can you tell us about this. >> reporter: tamron, saturday, hours after the interview, rumors were flying that be loughner was an army veteran, none of that and to be true. army, navy was scrambling to figure out if he was in the service. it turns out, according to army officials, that loughner in december 2008 had actually applied to enlist in the army at the phoenix recruiting station but that his application to enlist was rejected, because apparently during that process, either on the form or in response to routine questioning from recruiters, loughner reportedly admitted that he had used marijuana hundreds of times. now, there was some concern even in the army that -- because at the time the army was desperately looking for
recruits. there was some concern they may have waved many of the provisions or restrictions in order to get him into the service. in this case apparently hundreds of times was plenty -- use of marijuana was plenty for recruiters to reject that application, tamron. >> mik, let me ask you, when the young man or woman fills out the application you're referring, to are there questions that might glean information on their mental health, their mental capacity? >> reporter: not really. they will ask such questions as to previous medical history, and they do ask about drug abuse. and in this case, it appears that loughner was quite up front about his alleged use of marijuana, at least according to army officials we're talking to. and they say there was no other reason, because i know there was speculation at the time. did he exhibit anything or was there something in his medical records that indicated he had
mental problems. the army says no, that was the one and only reason he was rejected, on his alleged admission that he had used marijuana hundreds of times. >> thank you. for more on the mind of this suspect i'm joined by nbc analyst clint van zandt, an fbi profiler. clint, you've been writing about this. i read your article. you've really been able to, with the limited amount of information we have on jared loughner find a lot about him. this new news he had been rejected by the army after admitting to use of marijuana 100 times. this is your lifelong goal and you go in there saying you used this hundreds of times. >> he probably knew he would blow the drug test anyway. i think what we're seeing is a young man with severe emotional challenges but also someone that has a lot of failures in his
background. he failed to finish high school. he failed to get in the military. he failed to complete community college. one after another, failures or what he perceived to be rejections. you and i can say that's part of life. between 18 and 22, many times that is life. in his case when he's finally told he can no longer attend community college without some letter from a psychiatrist saying he's not a threat to himself or others, looks like that could have very well been the last domino that started to fall. he goes out, buys the gun, writes about wanting to kill a police officer. probably finds out that the congressperson who he appears to have had a fixation on since 2007 is now right there in his town. for whatever reason he chooses saturday as the day he's going to act out. >> that's the key part i heard you mention. when you think about this investigation, what made him act
at that point in time when there was some information that he was fixated back in 2007 when he showed up at a meet and greet and at that time was upset with the answer she described as a rambling or odd question from him. >> i think what we see here is everything kind of built up. as a profiler when they do the psych exams on him they are going to want to know what happened in the last 24, 48 hours before he committed the shooting. when did he make the decision to do it. did he do it when he bought the gun within two and a half months ago? did he do it just when he found out the congresswoman was coming into town. when the fbi searched his house they found a safe that says -- you and i put things valuable, we put jewelry, we put money into a safe. in his safe he had a letter from the congresswoman back in 2007 inviting him to this event. he had some notes talking about
a conspiracy and an assassination, and he also had a note expressing displeasure for the congresswoman. that's what was of value to him. that's what came into his focus saturday. >> clint van zandt, msnbc analyst. coming up, our coverage of the tragedy in tucson will continue. the assassination attempt on congresswoman giffords has at least two lawmakers vowing to carry guns for protection when they are in their home districts. it's renewed, of course, this debate we've been having to so long over gun control. i want to update you on another developing story, a deadly storm that slammed the south and now tracking north. states in its path are already bracing for the worst. north carolina is under a winter storm warning until tomorrow morning. look at some of this video. snow is already falling across the state. as you can see is making the situation dangerous to drive. weather channel meteorologist scott williams is live in
charlotte with a look how things are shaping up. a lot of flights canceled throughout the south as well as a result of this big storm. >> reporter: they certainly have, tamron. good afternoon. the state of north carolina is underneath a state of emergency that was declared early on by governor beverly purdue. but snow started falling here in the queen city at 3:30 this morning and really hasn't let up. treacherous driving conditions being reported across the metropolitan area. but the road where i'm situated right now south boulevard and 277, traffic has been faring quite well here. salt trucks have been out early this morning in the charlotte area, 32 trucks in the city were out early this morning. they will continue throughout the day. i put a ruler out early this morning. where i'm situated in uptown charlotte anywhere from three to four inches of snow has fallen, a light fluffy snow, good for making snowmen and also not too difficult to shovel. before all is said and done the
area will pick up five to eight inches of snow. this storm is headed into the northeast. back to you. >> scott, also developing right now a surprise visit to afghanistan by vice president joe biden. biden landed in kabul around 10:00 a.m. eastern time. live in cab up, at least part of this trip was to assess progress in handing over security, i understand, to afghan forces. >> reporter: absolutely. we expect vice president biden to be here through tomorrow with that karzai, whom he's known to have a tense relationship w a big part is to assess the counter-insurgency strategy, strategy implemented by president obama, a strategy he was against because he wanted a smaller u.s. military footprint instead of the 30,000 troop surge come in last year. part of this trip is to see if they are really going to be
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life and pull through. >> that was congresswoman giffords' 20-year-old intern credited with saving her life. he quickly rushed to her aid moments after she was shot. on capitol hill, live pictures of the cannon rotunda where there's a book set up for the public. anyone that wants to stop by to send their wishes, well wishes to congresswoman giffords. people are expected to pass through and sign that book. at least two congressmen who have legal permits to carry a handgun are saying today they will do just that. democratic congressman heath shuler says he will carry a gun in his home district and jason chaffetz will do the same. a new debate over gun control. carolyn mccarthy promises to introduce legislation as early as this week targeting high-capacity ammunition cartridge authorities say the suspect used. pennsylvania congressman robert
brady also says he will introduce a bill that will make it a crime for anyone to use language or symbols that can be seen as threatening violence. radio talk show host, first off, this union man had 0 pieces of ammunition, huge magazine clips that can hold 30 bullets at a time. many are wondering again, will this open the debate? what do you say? >> there's no shortage of opinion. i'm having this conversation on the radio. a man called and said this would never happen in texas. why not? in texas, someone would have armed meaning someone would have taken him down sooner. my response was arizona gun laws are some of the most lax in the nation. by that logic, you would expect
someone to react more quickly and weren't able because it's a semiautomotive. >> we have reports there were people who did, in fact, have guns on them but did not act in response by firing back at this individual. so to that person's logic, it would be wrong. they had guns in that supermarket in the mall. >> what i find most troubling, this was clearly a guy a fringe character, clearly mentally unstable. why else would someone shoot a 9-year-old girl if they were strong and stable. clearly he wasn't. you look at e-mails, the 52-year-old taking an algebra class at the community college, was seated next to him and was scared to death and said this is the kind of guy you hear about. he still was able to walk into the gun store, walk out with a weapon and conceal it. i'm an supporter of the amendment but there needs to be a screening process so you're
dealing with somebody with a full deck. >> two magazines 30 rounds each, two magazines of 15 rounds each. he fired off 31 shots. in his situation at least from his background, he was never committed but there were obviously signs of concern. how would authorities know if they are doing the traditional background check for someone to purchase a gun legally, veld passed. there was nothing in his background they would have found that would have been a red flag to him. >> what occurs to me, when i applied to college, i applied to law school, i needed to have letters of recommendation. people had to attest to my character to some extent. you can more easily be accepted into a school, an academic setting that you can the department. you can more easily get a firearm than be accepted in an academic sit setting. somehow we have priorities out of whack. i'm still believing in the second amendment. to have a screen process, it's a good conversation to have. >> the other conversation, the
rhetoric and tone, not only washington and beltway but throughout the country. congresswoman gifford sent an e-mail to tray grayson in kentucky and said i am one of only 12 dems left in a gop district, the only woman. i think we need to figure out how to tone our rhetoric and partisanship down. the suspect has not been linked or tied to any group. he became fixated to police on congresswoman giffords before the tea party, before palin's website with the crosshairs, things people are talking about. how do we process and factor in the desire to move away from the hyper speech that can be dangerous to the facts of this case and what we know? >> it doesn't look like in this particular case you can figuratively place the weapon in the hand of a talk radio show host or cable television personality. however, anyone who believes that civility is acceptable in this nation should spend some time as i did this weekend
looking at the internet reports, at the reputable websites and reading the blog postings underneath them. they are frightening, sick, scary and we all need to take it down a couple of notches in this country. even putting aside arizona, i believe we have a problem with civil discourse in this country and that it's a setback for the ability to get things done and it poses dangers. if something should come out of this in a silver lining to be a conversation how we can better express ourselves, i think it will be a good thing. >> thanks for your time we appreciate it. congressman quigly calling for stronger gun control laws. he will join me live at the half hour. for a dollar or less equals 22 grams of delicious whole grain that are good for you and your wallet. when you can have triscuit, why snackrifice ? etfs? exchange traded funds? don't just give me ten or twenty to choose from. come on.
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during the week. during a conference with news reporters moments ago, he was asked if he would be heading to arizona. >> we're in close consultation with these families who suffered losses, as well as the governor, congressional leadership. there is no doubt that we will establish some mechanism memorial during the course of the next several days. and when we have that, we will announce it. but i think it's going to be important, i think, for the country as a whole, as well as the people of arizona, to feel as if we are speaking directly to our sense of loss but also speaking to our hopes for the future. >> again, that was president obama only a short time ago. jared loughner is due in court in just over an hour to face federal charges in connection with the shooting in arizona. also i'll talk with the pima
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welcome back to "news nation." members of congress held a moment of silence, in honor of the shooting victims in tucson, arizona. the assassination attempt on congresswoman gabrielle giffords raises new questions on what more should be done to protect lawmakers. i will talk with congressmen mike quigley ahead. we're monitoring a deadly winter blast hitting the southern part of this country. we'll have the latest on the dangerous conditions plus where the storm is headed next. and we're live in haiti one year after the earthquake. we'll find out where things stand today and the long road ahead. alleged tucson shootinger jared lee loughner is expected to appear in court about an hour
and a half from now. since a federal judge is among the victims the arizona public defenders office is in essence recusing itself and recommending an outside defense attorney take the case. we've learned that high profile criminal defense attorney judy clark is expected to be loughner's attorney. her client list includes the unabomber and oklahoma city bomber timothy mcveigh. miguel almaguer is live at the courthouse in phoenix. miguel, what can we expect to see around 4:00 p.m. eastern time? >> reporter: tamron, good afternoon, jared lee loughner faces five counts, three charges of attempted murder and two counts of murder. all of those charges come from saturday's shooting and they all involve officials. he will face state charges down the road. he's eligible for the death penalty because of murder of judge john roll and three
staffers. including attempted assassination of congresswoman gabrielle gifford. today in court we expect mr. loughner to be advised of his charges. he will likely not enter a plea and the government will oppose bill. a date for a later hearing will also be set here today. loughner will also likely be assigned a public defender. as you mentioned we believe that public defender will be judy clark who has certainly had high-profile cases, tamron, and is expected to represent him from here on out. >> miguel, live for us. thank you very much, miguel. in addition to five counts of murder or attempting to murder federal employees, jared loughner is certain to face charges for killing or wounding 15 other people. those charges will be decided by the attorney for pima county, arizona, and she's joining me now. thank you very much for your time. >> you're very welcome. >> i know this is extremely difficult for everyone in the community, through this country, especially you and many others
who not only were friends with the judge but also congresswoman giffords and others who were wounded. let me just start off by being a human here and ask you how are you faring today? >> well, thank you, it's so nice to be asked that. this is very heartbreaking and it's also very personal for not only me but people in my office and everyone else who knew anyone involved. so thank you very much for your asking. my heart goes out to all of the victims, those who were slain and the individuals trying to heal. >> now you have the task ahead of preparing charges against the suspect jared loughner. what can you tell me about the charges you expect to file in your state against him? >> well, we have exclusive jurisdiction over all of the victims that were not federal
employees. so we will definitely be filing charges on them. there is a couple of interesting legal questions. one is whether or not we have concurrent, simultaneous jurisdiction with the feds, meaning can we proceed at the same time that the federal case is proceeding or does the federal case retain exclusive jurisdiction and then we have to sit back and wait until its completion. until we do that legal research i don't have the answer and i don't know when we'll be proceeding. the other legal question -- >> i apologize, go ahead. the other legal question is, i'm sorry, go ahead. >> there's another legal question and that has to do with the victims that are covered by the federal indictment. they may very well be able to be part of our indictment as well. so we're doing the legal research on that. there's two different statutes, federal murder statute and state murder statute. they require different elements. >> in addition to the legal research you just referred to, obviously you have investigators trying to figure out a motive
here. we know according to federal investigators, they have retrieved a letter addressed to the congresswoman from the suspect, they believe, which he expressed disdain for her. we know he attended a meet and greet in 2007. according to investigators he became more fixated on her. what else have you been able to uncover regarding his mental health and signs, if you will, and signals from people throughout that community including neighbors who felt that maybe he was a time bomb? >> actually i'm not at liberty to discuss that i have ethical considerations i have to abide by. they have prohibit me from discussing anything about the suspect, investigation, any of that, so i will keep that in confidence. >> are you able to tell me anything? you have people who are wondering, for example, about his parent, his family. his father was on the scene when the home was being searched. there are reports he was weeping
over the vehicle, being comforted by neighbors as this evidence was being pulled out. can you tell me anything about his background you can speak of that investigators have uncovered? >> no. i can talk about the legal process, about possible charges, about what we're going to do next and the legal issues. but i'm not going to go into the facts of the case. >> i understand that. this is all ongoing and you're trying to do your research, and as you said keep this as professional as possible. barbara, thank you very much. we greatly appreciate it. >> you're welcome. >> thank you. while members of congress are often the target of verbal threats, it's rare. they worry about the danger not only to them but their families and staffers. the police force that ha 1800 officers for 535 lawmakers in washington. they are looking at ways to increase security. andrew o'connell a former secret service agent. thank you for your time. you have some who want to
consider u.s. marshals to protect lawmakers when they are in their district. what do you believe is reasonable at this point? >> u.s. marshals already protect federal judges in cases where protection is needed for those officials. i think you need to look at what's reasonable for the member. first that would entail a threat assessment. is this a high-profile member, a member that has had threats in the past. once you look at this and can you look at that first, you can look at what else is needed. at a minimum when they are outside of d.c., protected by capitol police, and can be protected by other officials outside of d.c. when you're in your district, you have to have some base level of protection when folks are out in the field talking to their constituents. at least one uniformed law enforcement officer. whether you need plain clothesed
u.s. law enforcement members, i'm sure you could do that but would require more resources. >> how likely to see uniformed officers. many go to events. in smaller communities they drive their own cars. we know the congresswoman was with her aide and also an intern. their safety is of great concern. as i said, their family members and aides. we're in the passion of the moment right now. do you believe it's reasonable to think we'll actually see uniformed personnel with these members? >> again, i think it calls for coordination. i think if you have a staffer for each of these members that's responsible for letting law enforcement in these communities know that, hey, my boss, this member is going to be out at a public event today. we're going to let you know to the extent you want to have control for the member or the
citizens. when there is a member out there, i don't know how many they do a day but seems they could have one, a deterrent. a high-profile speaker of the house, maybe you have additional officers. even in this case, a uniformed officer probably wouldn't have done much beyond be a deterrent to the individual because of the manner in which he shot the representative. >> that is something to consider as well. andrew, thank you very much. joining me now to talk about this congressman mike quigley, democrat from illinois, an avid supporter of gun control, urged president obama to reinstate the ban on assault weapons. thank you so much for joining me. under the circumstances, i want to ask you how do you feel now that this is settling in. before it seemed so surreal all this happened. we know congresswoman giffords is fighting for her life, there's been the loss of a 9-year-old child. how do you process this at this
moment? >> thank you for having me. you're right. it's a shocking situation and takes a while to sink in. i came up through staff and i think about those public servants with miss girds. one of them lost their lives. i think about my own staff. they are at community meetings with me all the time. i'm sure their families feel just as concerned about them as anyone is showing concern for members of congress. >> are you worried about your safety? >> i don't think i've ever worried about my safety. i think it's shaken up my family more than me. most members recognize there's always a degree of reach. the contentious health care debate certainly rose all of this. if not threats, extraordinarily heated discussions, highly emotional calls to all of our offices, some of them perhaps what it should be. it shook up a lot of folks and
has given us pause to not just security but rhetoric. >> what changes should be made -- i will note to the audience we're watching people sign the condolence book in washington for victims including congresswoman giffords. again, doctors are holding out hope she will survive this and be with her family very soon, who are at her side. i've got to ask you, what changes do you believe or would you recommend at this point, congressman quigley. >> i don't see there's much you can do. the 435 members are constantly in motion. miss giffords left washington, d.c. as we all did late friday afternoon. as you can see, she had a very long flight home. probably got home just in time to get ready for the next day and out early the next morning meeting constituents. i took the train home from o'hare airport. there's just too many incidents, too much cost and expense.
to a certain extent we're at the mercy of the public. if we lose this, we lose this contact, it's something very striking, i think our democratic process loses something when members of the people's house can't communicate with the public. i'm going to a community meeting tonight and many others this week. i don't see anything that's viable that would work. >> the other part of this debate has been, obviously, rhetoric and gun control. i want to talk to you about the gun control angle of this. the suspected shooter had extended or high capacity magazines that carried up to 30 rounds, 2011 them. according to reports was attempting to put another in when he was attacked by brave people. these magazines that hold 30 rounds used to be banned, now you can legally purchase them. >> i understand what the supreme court was trying to do in their recent decision striking down a chicago gun law. but even there they drew a line.
there is a difference between protecting your home, your family and your business. and hunters and sportsmen's rights to have guns. when have you a high volume magazine like this or an assault weapon. or as we see, used to have armor piercing bullets, you're not hunting deer or protecting your home, you're hunting people. this isn't reasonable. we have a right to protect ourselves from such dangers. >> will you use this incident, if you will, to bring up new legislation, to carry on the fight, to perhaps get these out of hands, these high-gas magazines, if nothing else out of the hands of people. >> unfortunately, it takes an incident like this to discuss it. i talked with my staff in washington, d.c. last week about the gun show loophole. in 33 states you can go and buy any weapon you want without a single background check, including a criminal background check. you can be banned from getting
on an airplane because you're a threat but you can go right back to a state like indiana and by an assault weapon without a background check. some would suggest it's opportunistic to talk about it. my response is do we have to wait a certain period of time after every tragedy, columbine, virginia tech, northern illinois, the pentagon shooting, ft. hood, the holocaust museum. you could go on and on. by the way, in my hometown of chicago, there's a tragedy like this just about every weekend. so i don't think it's perhaps the right term. i think tragedy has let people get to the discussion here which is appropriate. >> congressman, thank you very much. i proesht your time. >> thank you for having me. >> msnbc's coverage of the tragedy in tucson. coming up we'll hear from governor jan brewer. she's giving her state of the
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welcome back. it is now headed north, but the winter storm that hit the nation's south has really packed a punch especially in georgia. look at this video. heavy snow and ice coated the roads making driving dangerous. air travelers did not have it easier. thousands remained grounded until tomorrow. schools have been closed. now other states are preparing for the worst. the weather channel's erik fisher live in atlanta. eric, i was told to brace for your shot because it is so slick and icy behind you. not ideal weather for the south, to say the least. where is the storm headed.
>> this is a weird situation for the south. it's heading up the coast and becoming a powerhouse. here in governor, not astronomical amounts of snow, people from minnesota or chicago are going to say, what's the big deal. we saw the snow overnight, say what's the big deal. i pulled this from the sidewalk. this section is the sleet from this morning, on top freezing rain. you've got a winter storm layer cake. the freezing drizzle is continuing. you mentioned the streets. this is one of the busiest intersections. it's been quiet. the department of transportation has asked people not to drive until tomorrow afternoon. that is an incredible statistic for you there, because they don't have the infrastructure to clear the streets. we haven't seen a single plow since this morning. that's the case. you have only so many plows. that's going to take a long time and be a nightmare. as it travels up the coast and meets with another storm system
coming from the west, it will meet in the ohio valley. tuesday night, storms in philadelphia, new york city, hartford, providence, boston picking up a foot, maybe two feet of snowfall. major storm for areas that have already seen more than their average for the winter season. this is a big story for a lot of folks across the united states and across the south here. i've seen a lot of cars like this jeep going by, too fast for conditions. sections of major interstates have been closed for the day. back to you. >> seen it many times, people think they can drive on the ice and learn the hard way. thank you very much. up next a live report from haiti as we approach the one-year anniversary of the earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people. thousands still homeless and the country remains in desperate despair despite fund-raising from nations around the world. "news nation" returns in three. k that is some information i would have liked to know? i like tacos. you invited eric?
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nation." this week marks the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in haiti and the recovery is far from over. in fact, take a look at pictures out of haiti's national palace still in ruins. downtown port-au-prince where destroyed buildings are not leveled yet. mara campos live in port-au-prince. how are people describing the progress if you call it that almost a year later. >> reporter: ctamron, it's not unusual to see the buildings. there's their is some progress, depending on the perspective you're taking. there are 800,000 people living in camps. that is below a million for the first time since the disaster. certainly too high by anyone's measure. people are facing issues of safety, security and health concerns. the ultimate question is when they will be relocated and how they will find work. in terms of cleaning up the city, it's estimated only 10 to 15% of the rubble here has been
cleared out. you see we're standing in front of some here. it's all over the city. people are still pulling bodies out of that rubble, because every pile of debris is essentially -- in terms of funds pledged to the reconstruction effort, 60% of the funds have been spent. a lot are concerned about the pace. you can't put first world expectations on the third world cautioning this is going to take a long time. >> quickly, mara, you spent time at an amputee center this week, what can you tell us about it? >> the earthquake created an estimated 2,000 amputees in haiti. it's a tough city to get around in the best of circumstances, so it's a challenge how to work and how to get through the day. we visit add center that provides all the services they need. fits them for prosthetics, makes they will on site and shows them how to use them. they are taking it one step at a time.
we met a girl three years old who lost her leg when she was starting to learn to walk a year ago, now she's starting over again with a prosthetic. >> mara schiavocampo, thanks. haiti one year later:buried in crisis. that does it for this edition of "news nation." right after the break, we'll hear from jan brewer giving her state of the state address where she will speak about the shooting in tusson. i needed a coach. our doctor was great, but with so many tough decisions i felt lost. unitedhealthcare offered us a specially trained rn who helped us weigh and understand all our options. for me cancer was as scary as a fastball is to some of these kids. but my coach had hit that pitch before. turning data into useful answers. we're 78,000 people looking out for 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. [ record scratches ] ...and over
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tragedy in tucson, the accused shooter jared loughner is expected in court in the next hour. we're also awaiting comments in the next hour from jan brewer. that's coming up as well. state of emergency, at least five states warning dangerous weather is coming. we bring you a live report. hi, everybody. good afternoon. glad to have you with