of serious accidents on roadways across the region. like this big rig still dangling off part of a highway. that's what you see. they don't know how to fix it yet. the police say the driver of the truck lost traction and slid off the road. >> what a mess the southeast now in the bull's eye of this crippling ice storm. cities like atlanta and charlotte also expected to have treacherous commute this morning. more than 175 million people bracing for frigid and dangerously cold temperatures we begin our team coverage with cnn'sor martin savage in stevensville texas. how is it there in. >> good morning to you, alisyn for the second day in a row, it's going to be a dangerous commute for texans you might be able to see the glimmer, that's black ice, all too common. temperatures about 25 degrees, factor in the wind it feels like 16 and it's the cold causing all kinds of trouble.
>> baracking overnight, investigators say treacherous icy conditions may have caused this plane to skid off the taxiway, all 68 passengers and crew forced to evacuate from the emergency exit at the back of the plane. more than 1,000 flights cancelled from dallas's international airport where up to two inches of sleet an freezing rain fell on monday. drivers losing control. paralyzed by ice blanketing roadways. >> there's a path that the cars have made. and i just kind of followed those paths. >> officials closing all dallas independent school districts. as the police department says they've responded to hundreds of ice accidents. >> i know that once you know your car gets out of control, you cannot control. >> take a look at this big rig. hanging precariously off of a bridge on a busy dallas interstate after hitting an icy patch, the driver making did out
alive. but police say they'll have to use a crane to remove the 18-wheeler. meanwhile, the deadly roadways actually bring the communities together. dozens of good samaritans with suvs and four-wheel drives scour the icy roads overnight. looking for stranded motorists and hauling them to safety. >> not very many people do it these days it's one of those deals where you want to help random people. >> this as dangerous levels of snow and ice continue to accumulate across the country. winter storm warnings and watches stretch now nearly 3,000 miles from carolina to the california. the good news for texans it will get a little better today, but it won't last long. there's a winter weather advisory in effect for dallas in this area for tonight into tomorrow. chris? >> we heard in your piece so well the conditions they're dealing with in northeast will
be handled very differently down where are you right now. thank you for the reporting. let's bring in meteorologist chad myers, the same animal, but in a different environment, it can do a lot more damage. >> the weather department has hotels booked for tonight, we don't plan on going home tonight. it will be slick in charlotte, atlanta, chattanooga. it's 32 and raining in atlanta. it's the icy patches, that's the problem. you're driving along, doing fine you see a bridge and is it a mess. two to four inches of snow with the first storm today. a little bit of ice in atlanta, not much here it's tonight that the next storm comes in it's still in dallas another round for martin there. right into atlanta all the way to raleigh and here comes the storm developing out of texas, spreading the rain snow and ice across dallas through little rock and memphis, through and close to atlanta, all the northern suburbs getting a lot of snow it could be four to six
inches in atlanta and georgia's mountains north of the city and six to eight in the mountains around knoxville, into raleigh and winston-salem, the upstate of south carolina getting snow as well. i know this isn't a big deal for detroit. if you're up in detroit you're going, be quiet, we get that every day. i get that but down here where we have ten plows per 100,000 people it is a big deal. chris? >> we'll check in with you all morning. as the conditions shift we'll hear some potential horror stories, thank you. let's talk politics all eyes on capitol hill lawmakers have three days to end the gridlock tlertenning a partial shutdown of the department of homeland security. the impasse over the president's immigration plan could put 30,000 government workers on furlough cnn's senior white house correspondent jim acosta joins us with more. what's the latest jim? >> you've heard about the fiscal cliff. now we have the homeland security cliff. if congress does not pass
funding for the department of homeland security by friday at midnight the department will shut down and here with some of the impacts we're going to be talking about. it will be widespread we're talking 30,000 employees of the department being furloughed, they cannot return to work. 100,000 workers in that department without pay. and border security the tsa workers at the airport and secret service, who protect the president will all be impacted. and that's why you heard the president over here at the white house talking to the nation's governor saying there will be an economic impact as well. here's what he had to say. >> unless congress acts one week from now, more than 100,000 dhs employees, border patrol port inspectors tsa agents will show up to work without getting paid. all work in your states. these are folks who if they don't have a paycheck are not going to be able to spend that money in your states. it will have a direct impact on your economy, and it will have a
direct impact on america's national security. because their hard work helps to keep us safe. >> now, here's the latest state of play up on capitol hill. the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell has come up with a bill for the senate that would essentially strip the immigration language out of the department of homeland security funding bill. remember republicans wanted that in there to protest the president's executive action. that language would be stripped out. the senate would then approve that. but the trick here alisyn it would have to go back to the house and the conventional wisdom in washington is it will have to go to the brink for members of the house to vote on it without the immigration language attached to it. we've seen it every so often, before it was the entire budget subject to brinksmanship. now it's just one department of the federal government. i guess that's progress. >> they seem to like this 11th-hour debate and bringing
the country to the brink. we're getting used to it on that level. let's figure out what it means, we want to bring in cnn political commentator, republican consultant and sirius xm host margaret hoover and cnn democratic political commentator, host of the "daily beast," john avlon. >> there's the president's war proposal. the what he's trying to run by congress to get the authorization. the aaumf. margaret at first the thinking was that republicans would try to block some of this because they often try to block what the president does. now it sounds as though the biggest obstacle might be the democrats. what's going on? >> i don't think anybody is going to block this. congress has been really begging for the opportunity to weigh in here. this is their constitutional
responsibility. they it is up to them to declare war. and they have insisted that they have the authority, not the president, to do it. think what they don't like is the first draft sent over by the president, but republicans are republicaning the congress. so republicans are going to create the process, set the timeline have the hearings they're going to invite the intelligence to come testify about what the capabilities are of the military what the capabilities of the enemies are and how we're going to address those, i think the strategy the tactical strategy on the legislate i have been side is to tease out what the president's strategy going to be in order to defeat them and draft language-team power the military to win here rather than to continue in this sort of gray space. this half-light of are you we winning, are we committing? how are we going to get through this engagement. >> john it sounds like democrats don't like the proposal the president has put foogt. they think that the time tabl is too long that he has put out and
they want to further restrict the use of ground troops. >> surprise surprise, democrats and republicans don't like this for different reasons. democrats feel that it's too luis that the president's provisions have much capacity for mission-creep and they know that the republicans want more power. the republicans don't want this president to fight this war with a and it tied behind his back. they want boots on the ground that's the exact opposite of what the democrats are worried about, which is mission creep. so both parties criticizing a goldi lauks aaumf proposal one saying it's too cold one say it's too hot. >> to cut through all of the magic that they love down there so well anybody who thinks that that war going to be won without the involvement of u.s. troops is kidding themselves. all you have to do is look at what's happening on the ground it comes down to tactics.
we see it at dhs. i don't get the urgency. to me it sounds fake. i know they like this 11th-hour thing, but you're not shutting down essential services. the 30,000 people who may lose their jobs are going to get back pay. why play this game at all? >> look. i think what you actually have here is an opportunity to not play the game. mitch mcconnell is basically found a way through the middle in order to force democrats to go on the record and actually have to vote about the president's extra constitutional authority. authority that he found he didn't even think was in the constitution and continue to fund the department of homeland security. i think nobody is going to take the argument you just made chris, why does it matter don't fund it? everybody is uniformly saying you don't budget like this. you don't run government like this. >> john i'll put it to you, you know you have to fund it you know whatever you do you have to undo. i don't get why they're playing
this game at all. >> they can't help themselves chris. they're so used to government by crisis as a way of forcing anything resembling common ground. what mitch mcconnell is doing here is trying to pull out of a nosedive. try not to go off the cliff. so he's come up with a clever gambit to separate the two bills. really playing defense so he doesn't cause a shutdown. which he knows will cause massive political blow-back on republicans disproportionately. >> let me address you to the paper of record "the new york post." "al about the money." why do we bring this up? john if you're going to talk about tactics and what's going on. you have a big lawsuit, the supposition is easy the reverend sharpton who has become a dominant voice in the african-american political community, that he is about the money. that instead of complaining, he
allowed comcast to donate to his organization he gets a nice fat salary. so he doesn't complain about the lack of diversity. and even eric garner, the guy in staten island who lost his life over the chokehold says he's all about the money. how serious an allegation do you think this is for him as a political lead centre. >> it's sort of part of the problem of al sharpton is he a civil rights leader television host. or a grief hustler who specializes in shakedowns under those auspices these are allegations that have been around for a while. now they're on tape. one word of caution, the organization who pushes this james o'keefe's group has a lot of baggage of their own. tough take it with a grain of salt. with regard to selectively editing videos for fundraising purposes of their own. this builds on a body of concern about al sharpton going back decades. so this is today's "new york post" is the opening volley in
yet another chapter of questions around sharpton's money trail. >> john avlon, margaret hoover. great to see you. >> james o'keefe is someone on the right and eric garner's daughter is the one saying this. new for you this morning, russian president vladimir putin calls all-out war in ukraine unlikely. he says he's all for the week-old cease-fire that hasn't been a cease-fire at all. as of this morning, kiev says it's still can't pull back its heavy weapons as required by the truce, because procedure russian rebels are still fighting. veterans affairs robert mcdonald secretary, says he was wrong when he said he served. the secretary apologizing, says the remarks were spontaneous and
he never intended to misrepresent his military service. he served with the 82nd airborne division not special forces. a new study says children with paentd allergies could benefit from eating peanuts. they could cut their risk of developing an allergy by 86%, the study is published in the "new england journal of medicine." dr. sanjay gupta is going to join us later. >> you have three kids. do you think about this in. >> at the school they can't have any peanut products. this is a game-changer because it suggests that exposure makes you stronger. this is also the thing about anti-bacterials. that the more bacteria the more dirt the more germs you develop -- >> i believe that. >> here's what i don't get -- which is what does that mean?
that we used to you know our generation i never heard of this when i went to school. now i can't have my kids go anywhere if a peanut has touched them. does that mean that we didn't eat a lot of foods we ate more foods with peanuts growing up? >> we had more germs. i speak for myself. >> great tolerance. >> let us know what you think about that. we'd love to hear your thoughts. >> we're going to have sanjay on it. also egypt's president calling on all arab nations to unite in the fight against isis. but does the unified arab force stand a chance at defeating the terror group and how. we have a huge parent and partier alert. 11 students rushed to the hospital on the campus of a big-time university overdosing on a drug called molly. the lies kids are being told and what parents are clueless about, especially at top colleges.
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new defense secretary ash carter convened a war council meeting in kuwait to review the strategy to defeat isis. this morning carter will meet with president obama, this is die natic that had many worried under the last administration of the defense secretary. let's go to barbara starr for more from the pentagon. what do we know? >> urgent meeting in kuwait chris, urgent solutions, perhaps not. perhaps not just yet from ash carter. he is expected to meet with president obama later today
after he lands here back in washington. he had this big meeting with all of his generals in kuwait. he told everybody, drop everything come to kuwait. he wanted to hear their ideas about what to do about isis. and talked about his ideas. but are there any new ideas? that's a big question mark. carter came out and he said he had learned things like isis is not invincible. defeating isis will need a military and diplomatic solution. perhaps not new just yet. but the big issue in front of ash carter now, just a week into the job, is will he have to recommend to president obama, a small number of u.s. troops on the ground in iraq to help the iraqis in that big fight to retake mosul. that is expected to start in april or may. perhaps if the iraqis are ready. if that's true ash carter and his top commanders need to get that option together for president obama. in the next several days. they need to start planning now for that. we are told.
but that's of course unless the iraqi forces aren't ready in april or may, as the pentagon hopes. ash carter comes in with a lot of promise, a lot to deliver, but still, waiting to see what he will reelly wants to do about all this. and whether he can get it through the white house. chris? >> barbara starr thank you so much. the big question facing the defense secretary, really all of us is why is it taking so long? and can an arab-based army really get this done? let's discuss with bobby ghosh, cnn global affairs analyst and managing editor of "quartz" and lieutenant colonel james reese. president of tiger swan. military man, why is this taking so long? let's look at the numbers, isis fighters 20, 31 now,000 we don't know. that's a suggestion. iraqi soldiers 48,000 how many good maybe a fraction of that shia militia, 100,000, kurdish
peshmerga, 190,000. overwhelming superiority, not overwhelming results. why? >> there have been results. this is a long game. we've had a good air campaign so far, we've attrited isis. this is not our fight. we want the arabs, the iraqis the peshmerga to lead this thing. we're the mckenzie of the aspect aspect. we're the consultants. we give them the assets they don't have isr, intelligence surveillance reconnaissance aspects. the intel operations fusion get them better equipment. these are the things we need to we can't rush them. we have to keep moving them along. >> to the colonel's point. take a look at this graphic, 80% of what's been done so far is by the united states. that's why there's all this pressure on the united states from the enemy. because obviously the coalition
is a small c, the u.s. is all caps. the colonel has obvious military intelligence advantage. he knows the politics and the situation, he's there. and yet i have to disagree with him. because i don't get the sense of confidence this that they are taking care of business on the ground at all. is this about capabilities as opposed to performance? >> it's all about capabilities. the arab armies are not designed, were not built to fight any kind of war. they were built to fight against domestic political opposition. were built to protect oppressive regimes from unarmed civilian protesters. they're very good at that. very good at beating up protesters. they're not good at fighting any kind of war. they haven't had the experience. if you look at the iraqi army, the only one that has had recent experience of the group that we're talking about, their experience has not been very good.
they essentially took a beating in the last three wars. >> but they've never had the stewardship of the u.s. hand that they have right now. i know that's what you've been teaching me about this colonel. you know this is the opposition to it huge numbers, not huge results, why do you think that the shield force of 40,000 of different arab peninsula fighters that the arab community in general, you know put up the map of the arab nation coalition that's going to meet. why do you think they can get it done? >> the capabilities out there. i'm not saying that the peninsula shield is the force of choice. but what i'm say something there's capability out there. what happens is one of the sticking points just becomes a senior level hierarchy, decision-making, it's slow. there's some great soldiers the iraqis have some great tactical capability. the kuwaitis the saudis the emiratis. i can take a green beret special
forces team. >> we don't want our men and women on the ground. we don't want it. >> but at that level, that's where we need it. that's the type of level that's what the president is talking about. that type of level will be on the ground supporting them. >> so you lead them they go in they start getting whupped, then what happens? >> when you have 12 green berets on the grown, they bring a lot of combat power and a lot of confidence to these soldiers. >> i'm skeptical. as colonel reese knows, if you're a soldier, you have to believe in the cause, you have to believe that your top political leadership has your back. you have to believe that you're fighting for your nation. these armies that's not how they're set up. that's not what they're even asked to believe. all they're being told is protect the emir. protect the sheikh protect the king. >> fear of your ruler is not always enough. and we take for granted in the united states the commitment of our fighting men and women.
not everybody has that. point that we've been making here. hearts and minds. more mind-boggling than isis' ability to survive on the ground against superior forces is that they seem to be winning the hearts and minds when you look at radicalization. these girls in the uk being tricked or whatever sold into going over there. i think is a big deal. i think it could happen here bobby. is that false panic? are we safe here from having our young people lured to be with these savages? >> it's a conduit. these young people are not simply being attracted by the idea of getting on the plane and flying off with some romantic notions, they're getting in touch with or some people are getting in touch with them online. we've been hearing about this woman who the sort of recruit anywhere chief of young women to the cause of isis. there's a network that's been created by isis to draw these women out. now one of the good things is if there's a network, it means it can be broken. and we have to be smarter about
identifying the threat and breaking down these networks. then there's some fundamental questions to be asked about our own system. how is it that three women who are not adults who are minors were able to get on a plane and leave the country. >> what is turkey doing to prevent them. turkey has been saying we're becoming smarter in our borders. how did these girls get past all of that security? it's just to me that the security is not all that. >> and the commitment to it. bobby ghosh, colonel, thank you for helping us to understand what's going on on the ground. >> i say savages, because they're chopping people's heads off. but at the same time there's a sophistication of cause on the part of the enemy. they're being very successful with young people and recruiting. despite the numbers, it's important to look at that chris. great conversation there. back at home a crisis unfolding on a college campus in connecticut. 11 students overdosing on a club drug molly. we're going to take a closer look. is it one school's problem or is there something much bigger going on here?
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11 students at connecticut's wesleyan university have been rushed to hospital after overdosing on a drug molly. this drug is no joke. >> let me tell you in the last official word we got is that four remain here at hartford hospital two are still in critical condition. the big question this morning is how did students and other goes to a party saturday night and then 11 rush to the hospital two still in critical condition? hospital officials tell me on sunday morning at 1' 7:00 a.m. is when the calls started coming in some students were able to say, i took molly. others were not able to verbalize it they were all rushed to the hospital. the two in critical condition were medivac'd here they started doing urine tests, they saw the chemicals in the urine. the state lab is doing more testing to see what type of a drug it was. pure molly or a synthetic form of molly.
which is much more dangerous. dr. mark nevins chief toxicologist told me they believe it is the more serious form of molly. the investigation is gearing up for another big day today. police tell me it's going to be a long investigation. because some of the victims cannot talk. they cannot really remember what is happening here and they've got a lot of people to talk about. but the fact is they've got to find out who distributed it and/or sold it to get to the root of this problem. because this is a criminal issue and we do know that parents have come from all over to be at the bedside of their students their family members that are in such a dire need of medical aid right now. >> parents' worst nightmare, sending your child off to university and having something like this happen. jean casarez, our thanks to you, the synthetic drug market is the fastest-growing drug problem in the united states. that's a real concern, hard to monitor it hard to track it terrifying. >> you think that the kids think that molly is the happy drug,
that's safer than heroin heroin is a problem,s about molly is a seven synthetic drug. >> it's the genius of the wickedness of the dealers. they infiltrate the campus get kids to start making easy money. and mdna everybody knows to be afraid of methamphetamine if they have half a brain. dealers tell them it's great, it's nice it's the same drug in terms of what it does to neurotransmitters, its intensity can be different. when they cut it with things to make money, you don't know what they're mixing it with. that's why kids got sick. parents don't know. at these high-achieving colleges people are using this drug to help them feel better when they're studying and reduce anxiety. we're going to hear more about this. it's the latest wave of dealers finding away to get it over on
kids. scary stuff. back to one of our top stories. cripples cold in dallas an ice storm creating treacherous roadways this big rig is dangling off a texas highway after the driver lost clol. overnight, icy conditions causing this american airlines jet to slide off a taxiway at dallas-fort worth international airport. no one on board was hurt. across the south, schools are closed hundreds of flights are canceled. the cold is expected to stick around through much of this week. a harrowing question. will the department of homeland security be shut down on friday? senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says it doesn't have to be. he plans to introduce a bill to keep the department running, but defunds the president's immigration reforms. democrats do not see that. as an acceptable compromise. the senate failing a fourth time to pass homeland security funding last night over the
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the u.s. and iran say they're making progress on a deal that would reportedly freeze iran's nuclear activities for at least ten years. the deal already drawing criticism from both congress and israel. let's bring in aaron david miller vice president for new initiatives and distinguished scholar atted woodrow wilson international center for scholars. is the deal going to happen? march is the deadline. are the u.s. and iran going to have a deal? >> i stopped making predictions a long time ago, the trend lines, fact that you have a u.s. cabinet secretary earnest munoz
involved in the negotiations the fact that americans are reporting some progress out of geneva all of these things indicate to me there's a reasonable chance by the end of march they'll be in agreement which lays out the basic provisions of an accord maybe to be completed by june or july. >> the basic provisions as we understand them -- they would impose controls on uranium enrichment for ten years in iran. after ten years, slowly ease those restrictions. on programs. that's one of the sticking points. ship out or change the form of current enriched uranium. limit production of centrifuges and restrict enriched stockpiles to a maximum of 700 pounds. what's the problem with the deal as it stands? >> the basic problem is that our view has changed from our determination to eliminate iran's capacity to enrich any uranium to an acceptance of perhaps the inevitable.
that iran mastered the fuel cycle. they know how to run centrifuges and if left to their own devices they will accelerate and break out to the point where they'll be months away of producing a weapon. there are no good deals here only deals with varying degrees of risk and uncertainty. if you could get a deal in which you have intrusive inspections. if you could get a deal in which iran for at least a yoorear cannot break out or sneak out toward a weapon. and if you could get a deal with congress's assurances that would impose additional sanctions, if iran violate it is or triggers military action. maybe then maybe then you could reasonably assume that you will have bought time. but you'll never fundamentally assure yourself that iran has given up its nuclear weapons aspirations. >> why have we given up on those deals? the scenarios you just outlined why has the u.s. given up on
trying to get those? >> because i think the reality is the alternative, and this is the argument that the administration makes time and again. the alternative to no deal is almost certainly the acceleration of iran's nuclear program, probably rifts within the community of nations that are imposing sanctions. and ultimately either an israeli military strike or the necessity of an american one. i think the president, frankly, wants to prevent or preempt the necessity of the israeli striking and i don't think he wants to strike. he does however, want to leave office, having said that he fundamentally is constrained iran's nuclear program. he may be able to accomplish that. but a decade from now iran will literally be free to create an industrial-grade infrastructure and it will be very difficult it seems to mow without a fundamental change in the regime itself ever to have the kinds
of assurances that are iran has given up its nuclear weapons aspirations. i don't think they will. i think ultimately they would like to remain a screwdriver's turn away from a weapon. >> and that's exactly why israeli prime minister benjamin netenyahu does not like this deal. i want to ask you about some interesting reporting. this is coming out of the "guardian" and out of al jazeera. cnn has not been able toin pently confirm this they say there's a divide between the assessment of iran's nuclear situation, between what prime minister benjamin netenyahu told the u.n. where they had a bomb that was going to explode any minute and his own spy agency the moussad that the threat was not imminent. was message minimum netenyahu overhyping this? >> this isn't the first time that the prime minister has been at odds with both the the internal security service and
moussad. and it's not the first time a politician perhaps committed in principle to stopping iran from acquiring a weapon has either ignored or put the best his best cast on intel. and on intelligence that really doesn't support the case. >> so was he wrong? so he was juicing the intelligence? >> i mean i think there was probably a degree of exaggeration in 2012. if in fact the al jazeera "guardian" reports are tryue. i'm not here to paint a case on this point. but where we are now, is where the prime minister argued we were in 2012. with iranians several months away from the capacity of breaking out a weapon. where this thing is important, however, is net netenyahu's upcoming visit and speech to the joint meeting of congress. he needs to make sure that what he lays out is essentially validated, not only by this
administration but validated by his own political establishment and his intelligence. >> congress doesn't like being misled on intelligence any more by anyone. >> aaron david miller great to see you. >> terrific alisyn thanks so much. closing arguments could begin in a few hours in the "american sniper" murder trial. we have what are the key points for the jury and the best cases for both sides. take a listen and they you be the judge. for most people, earning cash back ends here, at the purchase. but there's a new card in town.
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smplgts we know that closing arguments could begin today in the "american sniper" trial. we have the ice storms in texas that could cripple the entire process. but what are they going to do on the key points in the fight for eddie ray routh's defense? will they be able to the jury find a way to get him into mental care? 0or see him as a plain old criminal? let's get to our legal panel, joey jackson, hln legal analyst and criminal defense attorney paul callan cnn local analyst and criminal defense attorney
former prosecuting attorney. you give me best take. we know what the points are the iffers one is when we're dealing with eddie ray routh, we're dealing with somebody who has said things that clearly describe mental illness, what are they going to say in. >> the reality is is that something is amiss. the prosecution wants to you believe that is the jury that this person is troubled. it's beyond troubled chris, it goes more. it goes to the issue of whether he's legally insane. does he know right from wrong. if the look at the statements indicating that cannibals are coming to get me. i smell human flesh, there are pigs flying in our midst, they're eating out my soul. all of these speem to somebody who has some type of condition. that condition is not only trouble, that condition is a man who doesn't and can't distinguish right from wrong. >> and he's been incarcerated before. he's had lots of other problems that lead to mental illness. the question is was he ill at the time. >> absolutely. >> the second big factor is what's on display with this
trial, with chris kyle's own efforts, pts, mental illness, and what is done to our troops when they're out serving america. >> that's big, and the reality is you see things you hear things you're exposed to things when you're in iraq or when you're on humanitarian mission in haiti that you're not otherwise exposed to. we all know his mother described him, people who knew him described him as a very happy go lucky person. when he came back he was not so happy go lucky. he was described as suicidal. that's not only in the description. you don't have to believe the family. but you can look at the evidence and the facts, institutionalized. >> one voluntarily. once involuntarily. >> four times. >> varying degrees of being held. but also pts, they backed off the defense and smartly so paul callan. because pts, does not make people violent. this makes them withdrawn we don't want to create more
stigma. we move on to the prosecution. the big problem they have is the guy keeps saying it was wrong and he murdered people. what does that tell you, paul callan? >> the prosecutors will start out by emphasizing the bravery of the two navy s.e.a.l.s, who were slaughtered in the case build up sympathy for them and build up something very important, the rule of law. they fought in the middle east about the rule of law. the rule of law says in texas if you understand the consequences of your act, you understand was right or wrong, you are not legally insane. and they will be emphasizing to jurors that everything the defendant said in this case indicated he knew what he was doing was wrong and therefore he was not legally insane. >> the jury i hope they don't like the two-tiered system for being mentally ill in this society. it's not good enough to be mentally ill, you have to prove it to a legal certainty in those circumstances, that goes to
where we are culturally and the stigma of mental illness. but it's still the law. and joey jackson, this is narrow. there's another law that says if the prosecutor shows by the way you were high and you did that volume tearily, that negates your insanity defense. >> we need to address the burden. the burden that the defense has is to show that is it more likely than not that he was insane. that's the standard we call that in law, a preponderance of the evidence. and therefore the burden is a very fair one to meet. the second issue, the issue on the intoxication voluntary intoxication voluntary drug use is never a defense as it relates to your state of mind but we had an expert testify here that it was not the intoxication that caused him to act and do what he did. it was the fact that he had a mental health history. there are many who have mental health problems who rely upon alcohol and drugs to what we call self-medicate. >> is that an excuse or
explanation? >> it's an explanation, that goes to show he was insane and was relying upon these things in order to make him feel better. they didn't motivate or cause him to do what he did. >> let me focus on this with a simpler analogy about voluntary intoxication. if somebody was killed in a car accident by a drunken driver. the driver couldn't come into court and say, you can't prosecute me i was under the influence of alcohol and therefore couldn't form the intent to commit the crime. so the law says if you voluntarily use drugs or alcohol, to alter your state, that's not a defense. now how does it factor in here? all of the doctors have said his situation, eddie ray routh's situation gets worse when he uses marijuana or uses alcohol. he's self-medicating and causing his own problems and the jury is going to be told that's no defense in this case. every time he gets into trouble, he's self-medicating. >> just for clarity purposes all the doctors didn't say that dr. mitchell done for the
defense explicitly said that intoxication had nothing at all to do with his actions here. that's critical. the other thing here in terms of people who were driving cars be clear here do those people have mental health histories? were they voluntarily and then involuntarily committed into constitutions? we're not driving, we're talking about the act of -- >> let's leave it i like thaw guys have the passion to go back and forth. i will tell what you i think is the biggest factor for the jury they're not given the option of finding this man guilty by reason of insanity. only not guilty by reason of insanity. it's going to weigh on their hearts and minds and the facts of law. gentlemen, thank you. one big story, a lot of others let's get to the news. an american airlines jet slides off the taxiway. >> 175 million meme bracing for frigid and dangerously cold temperatures.
if our headquarters staff is cut back that inhibits our ability to stay on top and challenges the homeland security. >> the political showdown is heading for a shutdown. >> unless congress acts it will have an impact on america's national security. people used to die, why wouldn't you want to save your child. >> i'm not going to inject him full of chemicals and risk of vaccine-induced damage. this is "new day," with chris cuomo, alisyn camerota and michaela pereira. >> good morning, welcome back to "new day," we have breaking news to tell you about. because of a powerful ice storm crippling the dallas area this morning. this american airlines flight veered off an icy taxiway right after landing at dallas-fort worth international airport. none of the people on board were hurt. but the extremely frigid weather is forcing hundreds of flights to be canceled at dfw and atlanta's hartsfield-jackson international airport.
hundreds of people in wrecks blamed on icy weather. the commute in the southeast this morning will be treacherous. we're not talking about time we're talking about danger. look at this big rig, it's hanging off the overpass in dallas. driver lost control. slid off the road. more than 175 million people will be somehow affected by this bone-chilling cold. and being cold is the least of it. we have team coverage. martin savidge is in stevenville, texas, what do we know from there? >> yesterday morning it was a rough commute for people trying to go to work. it's going to be just that again this morning. for many texans over my shoulder you might see the black ice glittering in the light. and that is the real danger. the temperature here in the 20s, but the wind chill bring it is down to the teens. it's the cold that's causing all the trouble. breaking overnight, investigators say treacherous icy conditions may have caused this american airlines boeing
737 to skid off the taxiway. all 68 passengers and crew forced to evacuate from the emergency exit at the back of the plane. more than 1,000 flights cancelled from dallas's international airport. where up to two inches of sleet and freezing rain fell on monday. drivers losing control. paralyzed by ice blanketing the roadways. >> there's a path that the cars have made. and i just kind of followed those paths. >> officials closing all dallas independent school districts. as the police department says they've responded to hundreds of ice accidents. >> i no he that once you know your car gets out of control, you cannot control it. take a look at this big rig. hanging precariously off of a bridge on a busy dallas interstate after hitting an icy patch. the driver making it out alive. but police say they'll have to use a crane to remove the 17-wheeler. >> the deadly roadwaysabliberry
the communities together. dozens of good samaritans looking for stranded motorists and hauling them to safety. >> it's one of those deals where you want to get out and help random people. >> this as dangerous levels of snow and ice continue to accumulate across the country. winter storm warnings and watches stretch now 3,000 miles. from california to the carolinas. and then there's this -- as texans make the difficult commute this morning, they're hearing on the radios another winter weather advisory goes into effect later today for another winter system that moves in tonight and tomorrow. chris? >> martin, thank you very much for the reporting on the ground. the southeast is much more vulnerable. let's bring in meteorologist chad myers for more same animal in a different environment as we keep saying can do a lot more
damage. >> a lot fewer pieces of the equipment to take care of this. 34 and raining in atlanta, but 31 and freezing rain in the northern suburbs. a few of the interstates are shut down this morning. schools are canceled all over the southeast. 27 in chattanooga, 24 up in knoxville where it is still snowing right now. the first storm, the one today will put down about four inches of new snow especially in the highest of elevations. the storm, the new one that martin was talking about is still out here in mexico. about to spread snow over dallas. and over memphis and little rock and into nashville. this is the next storm system. what we have here we have so much snow and cold air that's in place. look at our temperatures right now. the record low in new york today was 16. it is now 4 degrees, up to 6. it was down to 4 for a while. you broke the record by a dozen degrees. it is 7 below in pittsburgh the old record was 2 below. you get the idea the cold
weather is already here causing all of this. the next snow of event through dallas charlotte, atlanta, could be a four to six-inch snowfall. that's going to last a long time. they don't have the equipment to push it out of the way. hudson river, video off of a drone, high above the hudson river. big pieces of ice floating down the river. a good shot look at all the ice floating down there. not something you want to take your boat on for a while. boating in the northeast is going to be a little bit slow because the great lakes are just about completely covered as well over 85% ice coverage in the great lakes right now. guys back to you. there's the shot. >> our director john duber, good thing he knows how to fly that droerngs one misstep he's going to be crying in his cornflakes. we'll be checking back in in a little bit. to capitol hill a possible break in the stalemate to keep
the department of homeland security operating beyond dpri. the senate majority leader changing tactics, he says he has a last-minute plan. let's bring in cnn senior white house correspondent jim acosta. >> a cold reality is setting in here. in washington alisyn. we're not talking about the weather, although it is rather frigid. if the department of homeland security does not have funding by the end of the week by friday at midnight, the department will shut down. the impacts will be widespread, let's put them on the screen. 30,000 workers at the department of homeland security would be furloughed not allowed to go to work. 100,000 more would have to work with no pay, they won't be happy about that. widespread impacts, border security tsa workers at the airport. secret service who protect the president, all of those agencies will be impacted. and the department of homeland security jeh johnson says at the
agency's headquarters there will be problems. here's what he had to say. >> if our headquarters staff is cut back to a skeleton. that inhibits our ability to stay on top of a lot of the exists situations and challenges to homeland security right now. >> now you mentioned senate majority leader mitch mcconnell he thinks he's found a way out of this impasse. he's proposing legislation to strip the immigration language from the department of homeland security funding bill. remember republicans wanted it attached to the bill to protest the president's action on immigration. there's no guarantees that this will take place, so we might be back at the brink by the end of the week. >> of course weacosta thanks so much. let's bring in one of the players in the game democratic congresswoman from hawaii tulsey kbabert, a member of the house armed services committee
and an iraq war veteran. a little good news mixed with the bad as you're looking at your job right now. this is a game that you guys are not supposed to be playing, taking it up to the brink this solution by mcconnell. will it fly with your party? >> i think it will. because i think there's a time and place for politics there's a time and place for debating very important issues like immigration and immigration reform. you don't mix partisan politics and that's the safety and security of the american people. as we're seeing now with this department of homeland security appropriations bill. i think it's important and i think it's a good step that mitch mcconnell is looking at separating the issue, having an up or down vote on the immigration component and passing this kpleen department of homeland security bill before the deadline. >> you don't think on friday the dhs will shut down? >> a hope not. a lot can happen between now and then. but i think this development now is a good first step in that direction. i think the first positive one that we've seen over the last
several weeks. >> let's talk about the president's requests for war authorization, the aumf. a lot of people even democrats are not happy with the president's war plan. what's your issue with it? >> i have several concerns. one foremost is that we're not seeing a clean, outlined winning strategy in how to defeat this threat. that something fuelled by different islamic extremist groups isis being at the forefront. >> are you a democrat? did you just say islamic extremist groups. you're not supposed to say that word. >> there are issues that should not be mixed with partisan politics this isn't about personality or political party. it's a simple thing for me. i'm a soldier at heart. when i look at who is posing this threat to the american people i look at who is our enemy. i want to know exactly what's motivating them. what's driving them. what is their primary recruiting tool. and the reality is that this is an enemy that is recruiting people with this islamic ideology. saying you will go to heaven if
you do this or that. we have to defeat them militarily as well as ideologically. and that's where the strategy needs to point to. >> you want to hear the president name the enemy specifically. >> it's important to be specific and accurate when we're talking about military tactics and talking about strategies and our enemy, to be very specific in who is posing that threat and why. >> you talk about the strategy of how to win. you're not fighting this war. speaking to you as a veteran. the u.s. troops aren't fighting it. so how can you win it as the united states? this is about the arab region coming together and fighting this enemy and beating them off. do you see that happening? >> i think that president al sisi's call to action call to an arab force to fight on the ground is a very positive step in the right direction. it's exactly what we have been waiting for and we as the united states need to support countries like egypt. countries like jordan. >> do you think they can get a real coalition of warriors? >> i think this is an issue where they can.
i think when you look at all the things happening in the region that this could be that coalescing issue, where you can support and arm the kurds directly. support an arm the sunni tribes directly. support the egyptians and support the jordanians in their fight. they really do have a stake in this and there's a strategic element to this as well which sporn to talk about. it's not just about not sending u.s. troops if you look at the ideology of this enemy, their primary recruiting target is saying look this is a war being waged between the west and muslims, if you have the tip of the spear being an arab or a muslim force, it completely undercuts their recruiting argument. you're able to stop them in their momentum on the ground and as well as in their ability to continue to grow in their strength. >> it makes perfect sense, it sounds great in the solution yet many analysts say it's not going to happen. why isn't there a strong arab
force in the fight? >> we've got to take into effect the sunni/sheenia sectarian divide and that points to the feeled central iraqi policy. that startsed in the bush administration and is continuing into this administration it's not taking into the account the sunni/shia divide. sunnis have been completely oppressed and continue to be persecuted by the shia militias the iranian-influenced government there. they don't have anywhere else to turn. >> people forget that that a big part of the fighting force when the united states was involved on the ground there were sunnis and now many of them have defected to the other side or just staying out of it. >> they have no place else to go. let's look at mosul. there's a conversation about this offensive action in mosul to take it back from isis. this will be a futile effort it will be counterproductive unless you take into account that the sunni fighters the sunni tribes have to be empowered and there has to be an agreement in place
that once isis is defeated in mosul, it needs to be led and secured by the sunni people. they need to be empowered to be able to do that. >> do you see that happening? >> we're pushing for it. because this is this is the way we get to a place of defeating isis. so it's important that we recognize the newuances and the history of this place and take it into account as we look at a winning strategy. >> get to a place of defeating isis. true enough right now, you are not defeating isis right now. if you were to be straight about what's whapg right now. >> we're not defeating them in a way that's going to last for the long-term. you can defeat them in a few different battles. but until you also defeat them ideologically, we're still going to have new recruits popping up. replacing those who have been killed. >> congresswoman gabbert, great to see you on set. thanks for coming in. russian president vladimir putin says a war with ukraine is quote unlikely. this as forces in kiev say they
cannot pull heavy weapons from eastern ukraine since it is still under attack by pro russian rebels. cnn is tracking the latest live from donetsk. >> that's right. mr. putin calling the likelihood of war with ukraine an apocalyptic scenario and extremely unlikely. but if you speak to people on the ground here, they would call what we've seen over the last few months a defacto war. and one which was certainly on the pro russian side assisted fortified by russian armor and russian troops. a charge that mr. putin has of course always denied. sergei lavrov having strong words against the united states in the u.n. security council meeting last night where he accused the u.s. of being the root cause of all the problems in the ukraine and in the middle east. and that sf course an accusation that many in the west have leveled back at russia. certainly in relation to ukraine. now as for the situation on the
ground it is over a week into this so-called cease-fire. more than a week and a half after the minsk agreement and there has been continued shelling. there are still hot spots around the conflict area. including here in donetsk, where you'll hear shelling. therefore the ukrainians say they're not going to pull their heavy weaponry back. the rebels say they have been we haven't been able to verify that but that process, they say, began today. back to you. >> all right. diana, we appreciate that thank you so much. news in philadelphia if firefighters are struggling to control this two-alarm fire. a live look at the scene right now. hydrant problems apparently are preventing crews from getting water to the building. we're told the fire is also affecting a line on the city's train system. obviously bad news for morning commuters. right now no word just yet on injuries or what may have caused this blaze. a home invasion becomes a
bomb scare in connecticut. criminals drive the owner of the home drive to his office and he is found with a possible explosive device strapped to his chest. it was determined to be a fake. the suspects still at large. look at this insane record shattered standing broad jump. >> are you kidding? >> at the nfl -- do it again. >> scouting combine. >> this is where the best players in the country come to see if they'll make it to the pros. nobody jumps as far as this guy did. even his competitors have to high-five him. watch this. nobody. >> that is university of quarterback byron jones leaping an astonishing 12 feet three inches. >> look at him. >> no one has ever broken 12 feet at the combine as i can tell you. that will be $1 million a a
foot. >> and that jump appears to be the longest in human history. wikipedia lists the all-time world record at 12 feet two inches. jones was not considered a top 50 nfl prospect entering the combine. but teams are taking a look. >> i bet the olympic team is also like hey, what's up. >> and nasa for his defying gravity. >> that's incredible. i could watch that all day. >> it's i just love seeing what humans are capable of. great story. all right. on to this fascinating story. there's a woman who may have recruited these three british teenagers to leave home and join isis in syria with her. investigators are now focusing on axa mahmoud as they search for the missing girls. what can be done to prevent that kind of recruiting? scott walker wants to run for president, the media asks him about what rudy giuliani said about the president not loving america. at a walker event. he says -- no no no that's a
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british police in turkey hunting for three missing london school girls believed to be headed to syria to join isis. authorities think the girl may have been recruited by aksa mahmoud, a scottish woman 0 who joined the terrorist group in 2013. cnn sat down with mahmoud's parents and they shared their
message for why she joined isis. >> she one message was that -- all you see on the day of judgment. >> that must have been very hard for you as a father. >> it was. >> that's what she said -- i will take you to heaven i will hold your hand. i want to become a martyr. >> joining us is amir anwar, the attorney for the mahmoud family. mr. anwar, thank you so much for being on the program. let's talk about the connection that authorities believe exists between this 20-year-old known as a jihadi bride. who joined isis aksa mahmoud, whose family you represent and the three british girls. we know one day before the british girls left on february 15th there was some social media connection between them and aksa. what more do we know? >> well what we know is that one
of the young girls, a 15-year-old, may have been in contact with aksa mahmoud by twitter and aksa had said for her to direct message her back. beyond that we don't know much more. but the family are somewhat surprised, horrified, because they understood that aksa mahmoud's social media content was being closely monitored by the security services in this country. and the real concern that arises that if a known member of isis who is now a poster girl for isis, seen to be recruiteding and spreading propaganda, is in touch with young people in our country, one would expect the courtesy of a knock on the door to those families to advise them that their children may be on the cusp of radicalization or may be going off to syria to join them. yet that never happened. >> yet, the mahmoud family put out this statement after the girls disapoored. they say security services have serious questions to answer.
aksa's social media has been monitored since she disappeared over a year ago. yet despite alleged contact between the girls and and aqsa they failed to stop them from leaving the uk to turkey. sadly, if they can't even take basic steps to stop children leaving to join isis what's the point of any new laws that was from aqsa mahmoud's family who you represent. it sounds like they're saying the british security services are not doing their jobs. what do they want the security services to do? >> there's a number of things. if the security services are engaged in monitoring and carrying out surveillance and monitoring all our social media content, which we know courtesy of mr. snowden, a u.s. citizen, our social communication is monitored. if you know of known individuals like aqsa and other radicals and terrorists who are using social
media. to spread propaganda you monitor them and see which young people are in contact with them. and you contact the parents and allow them to intervene at an early stage. when young people appear at airports 15-year-olds unaccompanied, going to turkey. you would expect the flights to turkey being targeted by our security services on the basis of targeted intelligence. you would not expect for them to go past one set of security a second set of security and a third set of security and to be allowed to board that flight when it would be the most obvious, the most basic step would be they are unaccompanied by their parents, what are they doing going to turkey? even a few questions, taken aside, 30 seconds saying we need to phone your parents would have resolved the situation. in fact what happened was, they were allowed to flight out to turkey in the same way aqsa did and the concern is they may have crossed the border. the turkish prime minister has criticized the uk authorities saying it was some three days later that they were in touch. the british authorities to say, they're looking out for these girls. i don't know there's an
argument going on between both sets of authorities, but it's far too little and far too late. the real concern is they have intelligence if they have information, then they should share it. not just with the turkish authorities and other governments, they should share it with the families so any can also intervene with their children. rather than rating for once the horse has bolted when it's far too late. >> i was surprised to read that aqsa mahmoud, who you represent her family is still in regular contact with her family. that she calls home about once a month. even though she has joined isis. what are those conversations like? >> well it's social media contact. and the contact is intermittent. i suppose the conversation if you call it that is be a unnatural conversation. it's very one-way. the family aren't able to ask her any questions, she would refuse to answer questions. if you had a child that had gone abroad. one would expect the parents to engage in face time social media contacts to see photographs of their friends,
surrounding, to know what they're up to on a day-to-day basis. there's none of that for the family. they hang on to her words, hoping she's alive, that she hasn't been killed by a drone or a bomb or whatever. most of the contact is extremely religious and justifying her actions. but the parents have been extremely hard on her. this occasion the news about the contact with the three girls, they say as far as they're concerned, her actions are a perverted evil distortion of islam. and they condemn her ass, but atted end of the day, she's their daughter they want her to come home. she's their flesh and blood. >> we can only imagine their heartbreak. nice to talk to you, back to chris. it's real it's happening, if it can happen there, it can happen in the u.s. so the media an insiders all over your tv for the last few days are fretting over homeland security. getting shut down this friday. majority leader mitch mcconnell says i got this.
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it bitterly cold conditions bearing down on the southern u.s. ice making roads so slick this rig was left dangling. icy conditions causing this american airlines jet to slide off a taxiway at dallas-fort worth international airport. no one on board that jet was hurt. schools are closed across the south and hundreds of flights are canceled. >> everybody is getting hit with it this year. national security agency chief mike rodgers says the u.s. lags behind china and russia and must do more to build cyberdefenses and revelations by nsa leaker edward snowden has damaged america's ability to track terrorists. >> i would say it's had an material impact on our ability to generate insight osen what counterterrorism and what terrorist groups around the world are doing. we are aggressively out hunting and looking for them they should be concerned about that.
>> roger took part in a q&a summit on cybersecurity with cnn's jim sciutto. earthquakes in oklahoma? the state has seen a severe uptick in earthquakes, more than 200 of them. scientists say these may not be natural events. they're blaming fracking apparently injecting wastewater from the fracking into the earth is what causes the quakes. know this -- the midwest gets nearly no earthquakes otherwise. well the first lady celebrating the fifth anniversary of her setting let's move campaign. she's asking all americans to tweet or post to facebook five ways to stay fit. using the #givemefive. she had the president get in on the action after losing his tie. >> by wait your tie is right there on the ground. >> well that's halfway to a push-up. >> that video has gone viral.
getting more than 25,000 views on the white house youtube page. >> start dropping things around here. a lot of things to talk about in politics today, let's get to john king for "inside politics." good morning, my friend. >> welcome back from the west coast. great job out there. >> the wet coast. >> we're debating whether we should do planks or push-ups or go "inside politics." with me is cnn's peter hamby and "national journal's" ron fournier. scott walker was in the news when he was in london he didn't want to answer a question about evolution. he cleaned up it with his staff. here in d.c. he had to answer questions after being with rudy giuliani at a dinner where rudy giuliani said president obama doesn't love america. scott walker says these questions are ridiculous not what american people care about when they're picking a president. >> you've seen in the media lot of talk over the last few days about the self-manufactured gotcha moments from the media. they want to talk about things that i don't think most americans want to talk about.
we're going to leave the nonsense to the media on the side. >> nonsense to the media? every now and then we ask questions that are probably nonsense, we do that we're not perfect. but when you get asked about policy questions, he's a governor evolution is fair question. not the first question i would ask a presidential candidate, probably not even in the top 50. it's a fair question textbooks, stem-cell research. in his last campaign for governor he talked much more moderately about abortion now he's appealing to evangelicals what's he trying to do here? >> he's won three elections in wisconsin and has done so with remarkable message discipline. sort of in a conservative media cue cocoon. i'm surprised that walker has dug himself into this hole with the giuliani issue, with telling dan balances that he wasn't sure president obama was a christian or not. these are questions he's going to have to face from pesky reporters if he wants to step
into the national spotlight. do you blame the media tactic is not terribly interesting or creative. but it's a sign he's on the defensive. >> it's when you're blaming the media, you're losing second of all. i found my job as a reporter of course you ask questions that are relevant to people in the news. part of my job is also to test the men and women, to see if they're ready for the big-time to see if they're ready to be president. one way to do that is ask the stupidest question i can think of. the most innan obnoxious question to see how they respond. we're testing them. it's not about us, it's not about how smart of a questionky ask. but when i asked bill clinton a dumb question in the hallways of the capital. it was revealing about him we learned a lot about walker this week, not all of it very good. >> walker said he hasn't completely made up his mind he's leaned far forward. in the speech yesterday we showed you the clip from he was talking to religious broadcasters he says he wants to run a positive campaign talk about what he's for, not beat up
his rivals. but listen here let me ask you this question, is this about jeb bush? is this about hillary clinton? maybe both. >> i realize unlike some out there, i didn't inherit fame or for the funai tooun from my family. i got a bunch of things that were a whole lot better -- i didn't inherit fame or fortune from my family. >> we saw this at packers/cowboys game when chris christie was in the box with jerry jones and scott walker was freezing his head off with the cheeseheads. he well frame himself as a working-class guy. and you know he doesn't want to be seen as a coastal elite. >> it could be very effective. we saw barack obama do this his way. we saw bill clinton do it his way. jep bush and hillary clinton
have problems connecting the status and the families they're from. >> likes to bring his own lunch to work and tweet a picture of it. >> one of the interesting things about running for president, maybe he's going to do battle with the media. other times he'll have media charm offensive. candidates tend to go hot and cold. voters sometimes ask questions that candidates not like. this week scott walk certificate going to be at c-pack. questions from fellow conservatives, maybe fellow candidates. governor walker if you need a lesson into how this works, here's your potential rival, marco rubio, in new hampshire and one pesky voter throw as fast ball. >> when i first heard of you, i liked you a lot, you lost me but i'm back here to give you another chance. my question for you is can you commit if elected president, to sending home every single president and is here illegally?
>> i don't think anyone can commit that to you. you have 12 million human beings in america, most of them we don't even know who they are. >> that's the right answer. to round them up throw them out, we don't have the money for this even if you think it's the right thing to do. it's the right answer but is it politically correct? can he sell that to the republican primary base? saying it's not realistic to round them up and throw them out. >> you know why it's the right answer? not necessarily because of policy. it's the right answer because it's what he believed. he looked the voter in the eyes and told him exactly what he thought. >> a lot of people think immigration is a hot-button topic in the midwest or the south it really does come up among republicans in new hampshire. but john mccain did town hall after town hall in 2008 talking about immigration reform facing questions like this all the time and what ron said is true.
people tlup just want you to be straight with them and want you to be honest. they don't want you to pander. >> sometimes they ask tougher questions than we do. let's mention this i want to see whether you think this has legs or not. the current secretary of veterans affairs robert mcdonald. i asked a man where he had served in the military. he responded he had searched in special forces incorrectly stated that i had been in the special forces that was inaccurate. i apologize to anyone who was offended by my misstakt staimt. the secretary was in the army. served in the 82nd airborne but did not serve in the special forces. he cleans it up an he's done or does he have a problem? >> i think it's a bad, bad news story for the va. who you know has been reeling over the last few years. he does seem to be well liked within the administration and within the rank and file. i don't think this is going to
snowball into some kind of resignation or something. again, we do live in a moment where one misstatement by a public figure and then you have one million you know independent researchers on the internet going into past statements now looking for something. so it may be something. >> there's two mitigating factors. one, he is finally, we have somebody doing something about the va. he's trying to transform it two, he apologized very quickly and very forthrightly. i think the people we should be asking of question of is the veterans. his future is really up to how special forces and other veterans respond to this controversy. >> ron and peter, thanks for coming in. here's the big defining question in washington mitch mcconnell the majority leader who has vowed there will be no government shutdown on his watch. he said he's going to split the dhs funding, give the department the monday and have a separate plan.
mcconnell thinks this the way out, the deadline is friday. i don't know if he's got the votes. we can basically guarantee it will go right up to the deadline. >> washington knows no other way. >> john thanks so much. coming up on our program, a major autism advocacy organization speaking out as measles cases top 150 in the u.s. we'll talk with the founders of autism speaks. about their stance on vaccines and what they've learned about autism since they launched. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ great rates for great rides. geico motorcycle see how much you could save.
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works. autism speaks is marking its 10th anniversary this month. raising over $525 million for autism research since its launch. giving an important voice to the families of autistic children. amid the measles outbreak that tops 150 cases in the u.s. organization is taking a stand on vaccinations. joining thus morning are bob and susan wright co-founders of autism speaks bobbes is the former vice chairman of je general electric and former ceo
of nbc universal. >> we'll get to the accomplishments and challenges yous fayed in the ten years and where you want to go i want to talk about the news of day, which is the fact that autism speaks has put out quite a statement that some might even consider surprising and shocking on vaccinations amid the measles outbreak. let me read it over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. the results of this research are clear -- vaccines do not cause autism. we urge that all children be fully vaccinated. that's from your chief science officer for autism speaks. this is a forceful statement. many might wonder i don't know which one of you want to respond to this. why now? why take so long to release the statement? >> i think we were we were trying to to be responsive to so much interest in the country, about the measles vaccine.
the reality is our position has been the same for sometime. it's vaccines are very important. and however, you have to remember that parents are the ones that make the decisions. on vaccination. we do not believe in mandating vaccines. and there are cases and situations where a parent because of the unique medical situation of a child, would take pause. but the reality is if you choose not to vaccinate, there are consequences to that. and we think that parents continue to need to be educated as to what those consequences are. so that they make that decision. and there are consequences in the communities. it may be education, it may be pargs in other things. but so parents need to be educated about vaccines. first of all and secondly they need to be educated about the consequences of not vaccinating. >> that's the important part. there are consequences for the rest of the population. for people that have health
concerns who are too young to be vaccinated. it does affect the herd. if you will. >> the reality is you need a vaccination level somewhere in the mid 90s, 90% to be perfectly effective in terms of everything. we're pretty close to that all the time. i guess the numbers have changed. the other question is on the research the research to date we have not been able to directly connect vaccines with autism. but you know perhaps in the future there may be other things. the problem is you're vaccinating 100 million kids at a time. that's what a yearly vaccination program is. and it's very difficult to do research at that level. but we have not been able to make that connection. >> well it's a powerful statement to be hearing from your organization. i want to pivot now to the ten years a lot of progress has been made. and i know that for you, it has been a labor of love obviously because of your grandson christian. ten years ago, we saw i want to
pull up this statistic. i think it was really starting one in 166, the prevalence of autism in children. today it's 1 in 66 that's devastating, is it because we're diagnosing more? >> well certainly it is a little bit, yes. but 30% is still undetected. so we do seriously have a neurological disability that is i think one of the century's biggest problems. that's why i -- >> it's why you went global. >> at first i want to tell you how brave my daughter and son-in-law are, ten years ago when we went to them as you know bob was running nbc, very public person and for them to have the courage to come out and say, okay we'll be the face of autism. so it was very courageous of them and i, i'm thankful because we wanted to help the millions of people that didn't have the resources that we have. when i got into this community, i could not believe how discriminated they were against everything. education, medical, insurance, you name it they didn't get it.
when i went to the u.n. and got the world day, there's only a few of them. you have to get every country in the world to say yes, we needed to go global because it is a global public health crisis. >> so you have spoken both of you have spoken at the u.n. you have passed helped legislation. you've traveled the world. yet where we stand today, how do you feel going into your 11th year? do you feel as though we are turning the tide on this? that we're making headway? or are children like your grandson still sort of left in the margins? >> well you have to remember just before i answer that question that in almost all the diseases we think of we don't know the cause or the cure. and so autism is one of them. and even a cancer 70 years of work and we don't know the cause of the cancer. awareness is really important here for autism. that was our primary goal to start out with. we've raised over $500 million and most of the programs that we we offer, the most of them
related to but the reality is around the world we have 60 arrangements around the world. awareness has risen 50% in the united states among women of child bearing age, which is incredible. if that were proctor and gamble that would be a home run. >> this is an iconic mark the puzzle piece. missing is our big project that we're doing. >> missing is the -- missing stands for the fact that we don't know enough about the genome and we're doing this whole genome sequencing program and we're using a lot of the work that google is doing for us which is incredible. that will open up a whole research category for scientists. it's open now. we've done 2,000, we've published 1,000. it's a scientific portal. that we hope will be someplace -- it will be like the new york public library when it opened. you had to go to the library, you couldn't take the big books out. this will be a portal where scientists can go they can do
all their work and everybody will have free access to this. that will be the biggest thing we have done if we get that completed this year next year. >> i want to thank you both for coming here. >> wonderful to be here. >> again, congratulations on the ten years. we know that your work is cut out for you so children like your grandson can have a chance at a better life and healthier future. we're global together. >> yes, you are. good and global. >> chris, we're good and global. >> you are good and global that's for sure. it's good to see people with influence fighting a good fight. great to have them there. what do you think of this one, alisyn. in this corner you have google wallet and in the other corner you have apple pay. google made a huge purchase to win this fight. will it work i ask you? >> i think you missed your calling, that's what i think. and a quick programming note. this sunday be sure to watch cnn's new original series "finding jesus." this premiers at 9:00 p.m. only on cnn. should be fascinating.
is. >> tell us why. >> because they have record highs. record high stock prices but blah feeling this morning because nothing happens until this woman starts talking. the federal reserve chair janet yellen is testifying before congress. what we want to know when will wages rise and when can they raise the from rates. google made an deal to get the google wallets payment app pre-installed on android phones. it's a tap-to-pay system. it's been around for years. hasn't caught on much. it will now be pre-installed on those phones. speaking of phones iphone keyboards are about to get a lot more diverse. those tiny cartoon people
emojis will be available in six skin tones. now you can get those annoying little people in a more diverse array. >> oh, thank goodness. >> that's over. >> i can't wait to send that to michaela and chris. >> i still need curls on the emoji. meanwhile, below freezing temperatures crippling the deep south with icy conditions making for a dangerous morning commute. we will tell you what you need to know before you head out.
off the taxi way. >> powerful storm crippling dallas. >> once the car gets out of control you cannot control it. >> this political showdown is heading for a shutdown. >> we don't mix partisan politics with the safety and security of the american people. >> unless congress acts it will have a direct impact on america's national security. >> a medical break through on peanut allergies. >> this is a dramatic change. it's so different from how we used to approach this. >> announcer: this is "new day" with chris cuomo. alisyn camerota and michaela
pereira. good morning. welcome to your "new day." it is tuesday, february 24th just before 8:00 in the east. we are following breaking developments this morning in the south. the south is in trouble. overnight, take a look at this an american airlines jet sliding off a taxiway at dallas fort worth international airport. hundreds of flights canceled at dfw and atlanta's hartfield jackson airport. they are not equipped and the hazards are growing. >> there have been hundreds of accidents. this big rig is dangling off an interstate in dallas after the driver lost control and slipped off the road. this morning's commute is sure to be a mess in the southeast. this morning, more than 175 million people are feeling this dangerous bone-chilling cold. one of them is our own martin savidge. he is in stevenville, texas. how cold is it there martin? >> reporter: oh, it is a stinger. it's a face chiller, and this is
the second winter storm that the south's endured in about the span of a week. this is the second day in a row the texans have found themselves struggling to get to work. it's 25 degrees but the wind chill here is in the teens and it's the cold that is the real culprit here. breaking overnight, investigators say treacherous icy conditions may have caused this american airlines mb-80 aircraft to skid off the taxiway. all 68 passengers and crew forced to evacuate from the emergency exit at the back of the plane. more than 1,000 flights cans frld dalld from dallas's international airport. up to two inches of sleet and freezing rain fell. drivers paralyzed by ice blanketing the roadways. >> there's a path that the cars have made and i followed those paths. >> officials closing all dallas independent school districts as the police department says they've responded to hundreds of ice accidents.
>> i know that once you know your car gets out of control you cannot control it. >> reporter: take a look at this big rig hanging precariously off a bridge in a dallas interstate after hitting an icy patch. the driver making it out alive but police say they'll have to use a crane to remove the 18-wheeler. >> meanwhile, the deadly roadways actually bring the community together. dozens of good samaritans with suvs and four wheel drives scoured the icy roads overnight looking for stranded motorists and hauling them to safety. >> not many people do it these days and it's one of those where you want to get out and help random people. >> reporter: this is dangerous levels of snow and ice -- >> hang on. >> reporter: -- continue to cover the country. nearly 3,000 miles from california to the carolinas.
>> reporter: speaking of which, a winter weather advisory has just gone into effect for dallas and this part of texas as well only this time they're expecting not so much ice but snow. chris. >> not making it better and i will take the speed of your gesture as a symbol of how long this is going to take. martin thank you for being out there in the cold for us. we'll check back with you. the question is how much can the southeast take? what is on the way? meteorologist chad myers knows the answers to both. tell us my friend. >> chris, the storm that put down the snow and ice in dallas is now over the carolinas and north georgia. it will move out later on this morning, it's done. 3 to 4 inches of snow in some spots and making charlotte, asheville, knoxville commute pretty tough this morning. there's this storm. if you're not already seeing it it will move away. the next storm developing out towards mexico moves across and south of dallas spreading that snow all the way from dallas through tupelo little rock memphis. big snows, 4 inches maybe 6
inches in cities that don't get 4 on average for an entire year. this will just be one storm. the storm is in the gulf of mexico. it'll grab some of that gulf moisture and dump it up here across the northern sections of the storm. that's where the snow will be. there will also be some ice just to the south of this band. but you're seeing 2 to 4 inches anywhere north of dallas sherman, dennison memphis and all the way across to knoxville maybe as far as hampton roads. more coming in places that don't like it. no one seems to like it but the south likes it even less. >> just listening to your forecast makes me cold. >> right. liking it is a given, right? handling it having the wherewithal, having the resolve. >> we're used to it here. >> right. >> not so much there. all right. let's talk politics. could there be a thaw on capitol hill? i'm running with the metaphor. three days and counting until funding for the department of
homeland security runs dry. they tried for the fourth time to pass a bill that would keep the department operating, but now there may be a plan by the senate majority leader to lead to a break in this stalemate. let's bring in cnn's senior white house correspondent jim accosta. tell us about the plan. >> reporter: it will be a cold day in washington when they'll let this government shut down. oh yeah reality is starting to set in and the clock is ticking. the president, the white house, the department of homeland security they're all warning congress that if the department of homeland security does not have funding by this friday that department will shut down. let's show you the impact and what that will mean. some 30,000 workers in dhs will be furloughed. they will not be allowed to report to work. more than 100,000 will have to work with no pay. they won't be happy about that. the impacts are across the department border security tsa, secret service who protect the president will all be impacted. the president said yesterday to the governors who were in town for a big meeting that there could be an economic impact as
well. here's what he had to say. >> unless congress acts one week from now more than 100,000 dhs employees, border patrol port inspectors tsa agents will show up to work without getting paid. now they all work in your states. these are folks who if they don't have a paycheck are not going to be able to spend that money in your states. it will have a direct impact on your economy and it will have a direct impact on america's national security because their hard work helps to keep us safe. >> now the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell has a plan. he would strip the immigration language from the dhs funding bill and have two separate bills. that would allow republicans to cast a protest against the president's immigration action and also fund the department of homeland security at the same time. the question, alisyn and chris, does this get through the house? will the clock strike midnight on friday and the department of homeland security will shut
down? stay tuned. it's washington. it's only tuesday. you know there's a lot of time left so we'll see what happens. >> if only it didn't matter so much. jim acosta thank you so much. let's bring in senator jim man manchion. >> good morning. >> let me hold you to account for your team. the authorization for the use of military force. we'll put up a poll if we can. 78% of the people say congress should give the president authority to use force against isis. that means only 21% say no. your own party is pushing back against its president. why? >> first of all, the 2001 aumf is still in play so the president has all the power that he needs to do whatever to fighter or lists all over the world. so the 2002 basically that we talked about repealing is only the aumf that dealt with iraq. this new one is to deal with syria and isis.
so with that being said if you're going to repeal repeal 2001 and 2002 and get a direct aumf if that's what we're going to do. i don't believe it's needed. with 2001 in place the president has the ability to fighter or lists any way, shape, form anyplace in the war. >> but why resist at all? you're dealing with a new enemy. that's from 2001 when it was an entirely different war you could argue. you could argue it isn't. he's putting through a plan you're in his party, he says do this for me and now you're holding it up. >> here's the thing, chris. i've been very clear and i've said in west virginia we understand the definition of insanity. keep doing the same thing over if you think you'll get a different result. that's insanity. we've been in ground wars hunkered down for 10 12 13 years iraq and afghanistan. i don't believe that's the pathway to take. i've been opposed to putting ground troops if you will. >> right. >> the definition of ground troops is you put special force,
special ops, things of that sort to be effective in our ground support, air support how we are effective and efficient. >> look i know i'm speaking out of school here. i know that this isn't officially being said but you see what's happening on the ground. the idea that it comes to a good or beneficial conclusion from the perspective of the coalition without u.s. forces on the ground is very remote. so don't you have to just kind of grasp that reality and either move forward or not? >> you also have to grasp the reality, chris, do you think it will be any different with ground people or ground forces the united states ground forces there in syria than it was in iraq and afghanistan? with that being said if they're not willing to enter the fight, if they're not willing to fight and die for their country, the arab leagues, if the saudis won't get involved, the jordanians have shown they will. i heard this the jordanians have win pilot, the horrific tragedy look how they engaged. i said wait a minute over 12 years we've lost 6600 americans lost their lives.
over $2.5 trillion of our treasury has spent. the americans have given everything we can. it's time for them to get involved. the turks need to get involved. they all need to get involved. the only people we have willing to fight and effective in fighting are the kurds, the peshmerga. they do a great job. we should help them and secure our borders. that's why it's important to have a homeland security funding bill. >> good segue. thank you for that senator. now we go to that situation. let's put up that poll if we can. if dhs shuts down oh, bamaobama, 30%, gop 53%. the leader is giving you a good deal. he's saying i'll break out immigration. i'll break it out. his party doesn't want to do that. >> sure. >> should democrats fly forward and make sure that this happens and not wait until the deadline?
don't play with dhs. >> i agree with you. we should not play with dhs. >> but you are playing with dhs, your party, not you. >> i'm not. the bottom line is i don't like these games being played. i never have. i've been here for four years. i think you've heard me speak out openly and independently against. i'm an american. i put my country before my party and my politics. aim going to continue to do that. we need to have a clean dhs, department of homeland security funding bill. i've said that. don't play politics with it. so now mitch mcconnell is going to pull that out separately. i appreciate that. i support that wholeheartedly. i also think that basically the repeal of the president's executive orders there's been a court ruling a judge has a temporary injunction. i agree that the president went over. he overstepped his boundaries. >> you think the president of the united states executive orders were out of line? >> i do. and i will vote against those orders basically if we have to vote on it. so i will be voting with the republicans on that issue there. and -- >> you're going to do that even
though your party's going to get angry at you and you will not get as many invitations to nice things? >> the bottom line is i'm going to do what i think is right. i know in west virginia i go home and i speak to my constituents regularly. i can tell you, we've got a lot of common sense in west virginia virginia. it's not common up here but it is there. you have to put politics aside. the president didn't think he had the authority basically before that. the courts have said i don't think you do and it's enough for us to look at and create an injunction. i believe basically we should be working together. we have passed a good immigration bill. i support a total reform of the immigration system and i voted for it. bipartisan. very good bipartisan. the house has got to get its hands around 11 12 13 million people here need to basically pay a fine need to tighten the borders down need to get in line and become american citizens pay their taxes, get involved in this process. >> so do you think that dhs stays open? >> i do. i do. >> good. >> in west virginia i've got 600
people that work for dhs in my little state. >> sure. >> first of all, 85 will be furloughed. that means no job. the rest of them will be working without a paycheck. that's just unconscionable in this great country for politics to become that toxic. we're asking let's fund dhs by itself. we're going to do that. let's vote separately since the republicans need a vote on did the president overstep his boundaries? do you believe it should be repealed his executive orders on immigration, i'm willing to vote on that. i've said that. that's a simple, easy way to vote. if you want to play party linings, play party linings. i'm going to look at the merits. >> senator joe manchin, you're a big man. you're staking a very bold position right now, sir. we'll be looking forward to seeing how it plays out. thank you for coming on "new day." >> always interested in talking with you, chris. thank you for your kindness. >> alisyn. russian president vladimir putin said there will be no war with neighboring ukraine.
he says he is sticking to the cease-fire. this as kiev says pro russian rebels are invadeinginvading. so ukraine troops say they are keeping their weapons in the area just in case. remember this horrifying video? two teens from indiana slamming into a building and power lines in florida after their parasailing tow lines snapped. they crashed into a car. they suffered life changing injuries including severe brain damages including leaving them reading at about a fourth grade level. now an agreement has been reached. the attorney for the teens says the girls will, quote, live comfortably for the rest of their lives. say what you want about bill o'reilly -- cbs news footage from 1980 showing violent protests in buenos aires. does that make it a war zone?
does that mean he was accurate? that's not such a clear question. he says though however, that he never stretched the truth about his reporting. he said that he never said he reported from the falkland islands, just on the falklands war. >> he did say that he was in a war zone yes? >> yes, he did. >> he said he was in a war zone so the question is does a police riot equal a war zone. >> that's the easy question because obviously the answer is no. what it comes down to is did he exaggerate the relevance of what he was seeing and why he was doing it. remember he also insulted a lot of other correspondents saying they were hiding in the hotel when he wasn't. that's going to make you no friends. >> people don't like that. if you assault them they'll be quick to go after you. >> i know he's not brian williams. i know it's news versus opinion, i get it fox versus nbc. people are defending him in a way that i did not see with brian williams. >> people are huge o'reilly fans. >> williams has fans too. >> devoted following, i would
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trip overseas ash carter meets with the president at the white house and isis is front and center of that conversation. cnn's barbara starr is live at the pentagon. what do we know barbara? >> reporter: good morning, alisyn. ash carter expect the to land in washington in the coming hours go to the white house and meet with the president. ash carter on his way back from kuwait where he met with his top generals to talk about the war against isis. he said to listen to them get their ideas, have a discussion about it. but are there really any new ideas about what to do? carter came out of that meeting saying there were elements of a strategy. that strategy's been underway for some time. that he learned that it's going to take a military and diplomatic solution. he learned that isis is not invincible. for now doesn't sound very new to a lot of people. what is front and center right now and very much behind the scenes is a recommendation will there be a recommendation for u.s. troops on the ground with the iraqis in the coming weeks
when they move to try to fight to retake mosul from isis iraq's second largest city. the pentagon has said if there is a recommendation from the u.s. generals they will have to consider it. so will carter get a recommendation? will he forward it to president obama? alisyn. >> those are huge questions, barbara. you're right. thanks so much for spelling all of that out. the ongoing efforts to fight isis also includes egypt's president calling for a unified arab force. we are joined by muhammad talfic. he is the ambassador from egypt to the united states. good morning, ambassador. >> good morning, alisyn. >> let's talk about what president al sisi is calling for. the united arab force. what countries would be involved? would they have boots on the ground? what would they be trying to accomplish? >> i think the president was
expressing his vision about the challenges that are facing the arab world and about how we need to work collectively as arabs to confront them. as to the details on how this would actually work it depends on our consultations with our partners in the arab world. >> it sounds like you're saying this sounds more like a pipe dream than an actual plan he's putting in place. >> no that's not what i'm saying. i'm saying this is a vision. it's not a vision for egypt on its own. egypt on its own is acting and is really on the front line in this confrontation with the terrorists but it's a vision for collective action and that requires consultation with our partners. >> could there be a scenario in which there are boots on the ground in iraq from being led by this arab force? >> well it's really difficult
for me to go into these hypothetical situations. what i can say is that we are part of this international coalition, part of the arab effort and as egypt we're going to do the best we can, but we're also going to play a leadership role in the regional efforts to confront these terrorists and extremists. >> as you know after isis beheaded more than a dozen egyptian christians in libya, egypt met with airstrikes. they went after isis in libya with airstrikes quite forcefully. "the new york times" though thinks that that was a bad move. they wrote in an editorial that egypt should not get involved in that way. let me read it to you. egypt, the most populus arab nation cannot afford to get bogged down in a war in libya. there are staggering challenges at home including reviving a battered economy and combatting a domestic insurgency.
the united states could well be dragged into this fight if egypt makes wrong choices and worsens an already explosive situation. is there any regret about those airstrikes in libya? >> absolutely not. i think the egyptian people are 100% in support of the president in his decision. we cannot stand by and let our people be killed in this barbaric way and do nothing about it. now, how to deal with this issue of isis in libya, that's a big question and it's a challenge not only to egypt but to the international community. and what we are saying is we support the u.n. efforts to reach a national unity government in libya, but at the same time we have to take action against isis against these terrorists. we cannot just say that because we're going to reach an agreement -- a political
agreement because we would like to reach a political agreement, these terrorists are suddenly going to disappear. they're not. we have to deal with them. and it is incumbent upon us as an international community to prevent isis from expanding in libya, from taking control of the country or of large parts of the country and once that happens, it's going to be much much more difficult to deal with the situation. >> but it sounds like what the "new york times" is saying is that egypt has too many of its own problems and challenges to effectively fight isis particularly financial problems at home. >> well egypt's economy is on the rise. we are seeing substantial rates of growth. our unemployment figures are still high but on the decline so we are doing fine. i mean we're in the right direction. but at the same time we have
regional responsibility to our own people and to the whole region. and we will not shirk away from our responsibilities. >> i know that you're trying to address some of these financial problems with an economic summit. what's the goal? >> well, the goal of that summit really is to remind everyone in the world of the opportunities that exist in egypt. egypt's economy is robust. the potential is unlimited. this is the time to invest in egypt. this is the time to do business with egypt, and this is the time to show support for egypt because at the end of the day egypt's egypt's stability means the stability of the whole region. >> thank you so much for taking time for "new day." >> thank you very much. let's go over to chris. >> alisyn we have two big medical stories. a super bug is spreading. that is no hype. the question is did medical officials know a certain piece of equipment could cause this problem and use the it anyway? and is there an answer to peanut
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some big medical conversations to have. the same super bug that is linked to two deaths in los angeles, it has now turned up in north carolina. one person there has died. this brings the total number of cases in the nation to at least two dozen. want to break this down with our chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta. we have all sorts of questions for you. first off, this super bug terribly concerning. what do we know about it? what is it? how bad is it? >> this is an organism that's been around for some time. we call it a super bug because
typical traditional antibiotics don't really work well on these bacteria. they're really hard to kill. part of the reason they've become so hard to kill is because we've tried to kill them with antibiotics and they evolve. >> this organism releases an enzyme that inactive vats the antibiotic. they're smart bugs. they've been around for some time. the idea of scopes being linked to this has been around for some time. we're hearing about this because of what's happened at ucla. doctors, people who have been dealing with antibiotic resistance have been thinking about this for several years now. >> explain this are scopes spreading it? >> in a sort of unconventional sense. this organism can live in certain parts of our body totally fine in our gutt not cause a problem at all. so scope goes in does its job, also pulls a little bit of the bacteria out. goes to get cleaned, does not get cleaned properly. next patient now has the scope put-back in at this point it releases it into the body of the
next patient. so it is spreading it but it's not like it's spreading like measles. >> what have they known for a long time that this procedure can do that or that they're inadequately cleaned? >> that the scopes seem to be a mode of transmission. they couldn't tell what was going on? was it the scopes being inadequately cleaned, was it something else happening? now they've sort of zeroed in on this elevator mechanism, this thing that toggles back and forth on the scope that is hard to clean and that's where they're focusing their attention. >> the fda have known about it yet people have died. >> the fda have known. there's various scope manufacturers out there. they were looking at three different scope manufacturers to figure out what was it about these scopes that seemed to be causing the problem. keep in mind this procedure is done some half a million times a year. >> pretty routine, right? >> routine in that regard. these were relatively small numbers. it's hard to sort of pinpoint what was happening. they're still not 100% sure. i visited some of these people
where they were actually cleaning the scopes. it was amazing to me mich they were cleaning a $30,000 scope and using a 99 cent toothbrush to clean it. that's what they're being told to do to get into these crevices. >> we're talking about this news about peanut allergies. the idea that maybe to prevent peanut allergies developing later in life for a child, expose them as a young infant as a child to peanuts? >> i think this is a huge story. you know, we've had so much difficulty with food allergies. probably one of the most common questions i get, why are there so many more fill in the blank kids. we didn't have them as kids the way we have them now. the idea that they've increased in prevalence so much over the past few decades, it's starting to happen around the world, really had people wondering. what we've done in a reactionary way was say, look let's avoid
peanuts, not give peanuts to kids until they're 5 or so years old sometimes. what we're finding now is not only is that the wrong idea that may have in fact led to the increase in peanut allergies in the first place. i find this really remarkable. what they did, divided the kids into two groups. all the kids were at risk of peanut allergies, one got them between 4 and 11 months of age, the other did not. >> parents had to agree to expose their kids to nuts even if they were at risk? >> they had eczema egg allergies? >> were they paid? >> i don't know actually. that's a good question. they actually did a pinprick test on the kids. if they had a severe allergy they wouldn't give them to those kids. in the kids who did not get the pea nutsz peanuts early on their risk was 10 times higher than the kids who got them. >> extraordinary. >> there is not a minimal difference. this is really a big deal. this might apply to other types of allergies as well. instead of avoiding giving.
treat the body like its own immune sis semystemsystem. give a little peanuts and the body learns how to deal with it. >> isn't that what allergists do? they give you a little bit of what you're allergic to but somehow with food we thought we couldn't do that? >> it was a little bit of fear-based reasoning because there are, to be fair deadly peanut allergies, there are people who can die from these. you have to be obviously very careful. what they find in the vast majority of kids even if they're at risk for allergies overall, they seem to do well with this. there was no difference in terms of catastrophic reactions in the avoidance or nonavoidance. >> talk about as a child, don't as an adult say i'm going to start introducing peanuts, i've been allergic all my life. that's not safe. >> that's right. that's different. but if you're someone who's maybe at risk of allergies, doing this. we have the 20 second rule in our house. something drops on the floor, you go ahead. >> 5 second rule. >> you've adapted. you get a little bit of dirt and
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favorite ski resort. we guarantee you'll notice the difference. >> reporter: and by 17 she was ready to audition for a superstar. bill cosby. >> he was america's favorite dad. he was everyone's father figure that they watched on tv every week. >> reporter: bill cosby was coming to denver and her agent said he was scouting for potential stars. >> so when he came into town and she selected me you know it was a big deal. >> reporter: she was nervous, excited, groomed and ready to meet bill cosby. it was a moment that would change her life. >> he zeroed right in on the fact that i really was sort of a vulnerable kid, no dad, no father figure in my life and wanted to take on that role. and it was an honor to be there, and i wanted him to care about me like a father would care about a daughter.
>> then she says it was show time. to see how well this budding actress could perform. >> he wanted me to do an acting im improv exercise where i was intoxicated. he's behind me and he's -- you know he's stroking my hair and stroking my neck and, you know kind of rubbing my shoulders and getting me to relax. and meanwhile, his hands are moving down on to my breasts. and at one point i went like this and started to move his hands away and he just said no you can't do that. you need to relax. >> reporter: so bowman did not tell her agent, joe farrell. farrell, now retired, declined to comment, but in 2006 she told "the denver post" i don't know the truth of it. it's mind boggling. i don't set up interviews in bars and it makes me sad because my reputation has always been golden in this city. i have never seen cosby to be anything but a gentleman.
>> i'm curious why you think the agent declined to comment. >> that's very interesting to me. >> male agent. >> yes. as the story goes that she didn't tell her agent when it first happened but the incidents with bill cosby and barbara bowman escalated. they got worse until it culminated in what she says was rape and then a violent encounter. she did start telling people at that point. she claims she did tell her agent who denied it said that's impossible and since then has said i don't know anything about it. you know remember, this was the '70s. a different culture. it was a different time. we do talk about this a lot. >> why would she comment just to take about it? if you're an agent why would you talk about it and something that's highly radioactive and would paint you in a bad light. >> let me say this one of the other readers at this talent agency where barbara bowman was in the '70s, she has now come out.
she is in the special tonight at 9:00 p.m. she says that she does remember barbara bowman talking about this she does remember barbara bowman being distraught and she wishes she had done more. >> i ask because of solidarity. she was sort of the catalyst. is this why you chose brash bowman as the focus? because she's the focus of the special tonight? >> yeah. there had always been whispers about women who said that cosby had attacked -- assaulted them but it was barbara bowman who never really backed down and then this recent round where more than two dozen women have come forward, barbara bowman is the one who started it because she published this column in "the washington post" saying bill cosby raped me. >> this is a dangerous situation for participation. it takes boldness for these women to come out, no question about it. but it will be solidarity on the basis of speculation because you haven't had any of this proved out because there have been settlements. do you have this troubling
dynamic in the complete credibility because of something that may be nothing. but when you hear it escalated to the eventual rape that's a red flag for people. so you were with him, it was fine you liked it you went back you did it again. >> oh, let me make it clear, she never liked it. she was a teenager. she was a teenager. >> i'm saying you are explaining a fact pattern that is a red flag for people and it has been somewhat repetitive in some of these stories. i'm not saying i ascribe to t i don't want the heat it's not worth it. you have to wind up shading this towards the victims. that's the right way to do it. i'm not surprised by the red flags. >> i mean nowadays i think that it is well known in our culture and women know to go to the police. >> yes. >> they know to get a rape kit done. >> speak up. >> in the '70s that didn't exist. >> you don't see a guy again if he did something you didn't like. >> i'm glad you brought that up. she was financially at his mercy. she was physically at his mercy.
there are all sorts of reasons. barbara bowman will explain them in the special about why she couldn't get away. it wasn't just as easy. >> oftentimes people that are targeted that are victims are targeted because of -- >> their vulnerability. >> you made a good point earlier, one of you did, when we started covering cosby. not everything is a crime to the courts. sometimes, you know it's just a crime of culture and that could be just as damaging to somebody as something that we call a crime. >> well i sure hope that you will all tune in tonight. we should let you no that he bill cosby declined our requests for an interview, but in recent months his attorneys have vee mentally denied the many accusations of sexual assault calling the story the product of quote, innuendos, fabricated lies and media vilification. again, "no laughing matter inside the cosby allegations" airs tonight at 9:00 only on cnn. tune in and let us know what you think about this. tweet us at "new day," go to facebook.com/new day. >> i need some good stuff, please. >> you will get it. >> good for you laying this out.
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