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-- captions by vitac -- >> larry: we got a special midnight show for you tomorrow. it's time now for "ac 360" and anderson cooper. we have breaking news tonight. late new reports that police have an alleged cop killer surrounded in a seattle house. a man with a long criminal record and a prison sentence to match. one time arkansas governor and presidential candidate mike huckabee reduced his sentence and the parole board set him free. the criminal justice system apparently broke down in two states. judges granted bail on violent charges as recently as last week, warning signs were missed. and now four police officers are dead, gunned down execution style. how did it happen? and who should be held accountable? we're "keeping them honest" tonight. also, up close, tiger woods turning tale, backing out of his own golf tournament, not talking to police, keeping quiet about
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what actually happened the night he crashed. tonight, what could happen to woods legally now and to his status as the biggest brand name in sports? and later, that couple who crashed the white house, the white house under fire today. new questions about how it happened. did they think they had the pentagon's okay to attend that state dinner? and are they now demanding big bucks to tell their story? tonight, new questions and new answers. first up, the manhunt, the breaking news reporting from "the seattle times." police s.w.a.t. teams surrounded a home in washington that they believe is housing this man, maurice clemmons. he's been the focus since sunday of a massive search, wanted for monstrous, apparently senseless crime, the execution style shooting of four police officers in the tacoma suburb of lakewood, washington. the officers, three men and a woman, were at a local coffee shop when the gunman struck shooting them and no one else. now police in seattle thought they had mr. clemmons cornered this morning. they did not. now it could be happening for real. this is happening now in real time. we're being very careful about
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what we're saying about this ongoing situation in a house. we don't want to do anything in case anybody inside that house is watching. in a moment, we're going to investigate why this man was even out of prison in the first place. there's a long trail of mistakes that we're going to show you and show what you former arkansas governor mike huckabee, the man who helped free him, has to say about his decision. we'll also talk to the judge who recommended leniency. first though, dan simon with the latest on the s.w.a.t. action tonight. new physical evidence in the case. dan, what do we know? >> reporter: well, anderson, first of all, this s.w.a.t. search, we don't know a lot about the situation. apparently a s.w.a.t. team surrounding a home in the nearby community of renton, apparently a lot of police officers there at the scene. we don't know how legitimate this truly is, after all, there have been a couple of false alarms already. we also want to talk about what could be some crucial evidence in this case. authorities announcing tonight that they found blood in a pickup truck belonging to the
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suspect, maurice clemmons. that pickup truck found at a nearby grocery store only hours after the shooting. the suspect, maurice clemmons, lived on a quiet tacoma street the but neighbors say he seemed troubled and paranoid. we counted at least seven surveillance cameras around his property, apparently put there by clemmons. there was an incident here last may when neighbors say clemmons vandalized several homes, using baseball sized rocks to smash windows. paula chalmers considered herself a friend of clemmons but stopped associated with him after she came back from a vacation and saw something strange. >> everybody's windows were boarded up. i'm like, what happened in our neighborhood while we were gone? and i guess he had picked up big rocks and thrown them through the windows in the middle of daylight. so i said that's really weird. that doesn't seem like his character to do that. >> reporter: one neighbor told us that clemmons threw a rock through his window and also at him breaking his hand. he says clemmons was arrested
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and the case was supposed to go to trial in january. that neighbor does not want to go on camera in fear of retribution. authorities had built up a profile of clemmons' friends from his past run-ins with local law enforcement. one report said that clemens thought he was jesus and he could fly. a history of violent and delusional behavior that reached a crescendo sunday morning. authorities say that the night before the coffee house shootings, clemens seemed angrier than usual, spouting off about killing police officers. >> he made some comments the night before to watch the news because he was going to go kill a bunch of cops. those people did not report that until after the incident occurred. we believe he was just after police officers and unfortunately they were the four in that coffee shop when he went by and saw that they were there. >> reporter: the four officers had gathered prior to their shifts at the forza coffee shop. investigators say the gunman entered the shop, went past the officers and three or four other customers and approached the counter as if he planned to
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order something. moments later, the man opened his jacket, pulled a handgun, turned toward the officers and started firing. brad carpenter, a former police officer, who owns the coffee shop, raced to the scene upon hearing the news. >> and the suspect apparently turned and fired upon two of them -- tried to return fire and a fourth, heroically, although wounded, forced the guy outside the store. and probably saved the lives of our staff and customers. >> reporter: 39-year-old sergeant mark rittinger had a wife and three children. he had been a cop for 13 years. ronald owens, a dozen years of experience, left behind a daughter. the lone female officer, tina griswold was 40 years old, 14 years on the force was married with two children. and 42-year-old officer greg richards, an officer for eight years, left behind his wife and three kids. >> four outstanding people who
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died simply because they were standing in front of harm's way for us is just senseless. >> reporter: authorities believe that one of the officers was able to fire off a round and shoot the suspect, maurice clemmons, in the torso. they believe he is seriously injured. they also say at least they believe that in the early hours after the shooting that clemmons was getting some help, either from friends or from family. authorities actually detained several family members and friends. they believe that clem monday -- clemmons was getting help from them. at this point they don't believe he is getting any help. as we mentioned, just a short time ago, it's possible that he might be cornered in a house in renton, washington, where there's a s.w.a.t. team there right now trying to see if he might be inside. >> so they're pretty sure he was shot. you say either in the abdomenen in or torso or something? >> reporter: exactly. they believe that one of the officers was able to lead the suspect outside and in the process got shot. and also when all this was going
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on, obviously very frantic situation, that one of the officers was able to pull -- >> so he's been apparently wounded since the sunday shooting. but no -- but he hasn't shown up obviously at any hospitals or on the radar at all. they think some people were helping him early on with his injuries. >> reporter: exactly. because here's a guy who is seriously injured and, at least the theory is that he wouldn't be able to go that far without getting some serious help. >> okay. dan, appreciate that. we'll probably be checking in with you throughout this hour. again, there is a s.w.a.t. situation at a house right now. and, again, we're being careful about what we want to say about that. we may be getting pictures of that. we don't show pictures of s.w.a.t. situations as they're happening for obvious security reasons. before moving on, i want to put up his picture one more time. if you see maurice clemmons, do not approach him. police say he may be armed. he is considered dangerous. do call 911. as dan just reported, he has a history of instability and violence. the question is why didn't it
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show up on the law enforcement radar sooner? why was he released several times rlly from -- in both states in arkansas and washington? even as late as last week, why didn't other warning signs get at tension that might have saved four lives? there is a manhunt tonight. also time to talk about accountability. joe johns is "keeping them honest." >> reporter: maurice clemmons has a criminal record spanning two states and two decades. a history of violence that many feel should have kept him locked up for life. so why was this 37-year-old unstable felon ever set free? >> i can't believe he was out on the street. if what is true, i think this country needs to get together and figure out why these people are out. >> reporter: "keeping them honest," we followed a paper trail that began in arkansas when clemmons was 17. in 1989, he was convicted of aggravated robbery and theft of property. the following year a jury convicted him of burglary and of carrying a gun on school property. clemmons was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison but he would only serve a fraction of it.
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ten years later in light of the severity of the sentence and because of clemmons' young age at the time the crimes were committed, the parole board recommended early release to then arkansas governor mike huckabee. and in a proclamation dated may 2nd, 2000, he granted clemens a commutation. he also notified clemens directly. in this letter he personally signed to the inmate. a year later, in 2001, clemmons was charged with aggravated robbery and his parole revoked. yet, three years later in 2004, he was again released on parole. on his radio show today former governor huckabee said "a series of failures in the criminal justice system may bear responsibility in this tragedy." he also added this --
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arkansas warned washington he was coming and was "a high-risk for repeat offending. as feared in time, clemmons would be accused of more violent crimes. >> he has extensive background both in washington as far as charges being filed for assault on a police officer, rape of a child. he has robbery one charges. >> reporter: accused of raping a child and attacking a police officer but even facing those charges clemmons again imagined to get released, freed on $150,000 bail just one week ago. >> we've got to hold these people accountable. we got to keep them locked up. if they want to rehabilitate them, rehabilitate them in prison where they're supposed to be. this guy should have never been on the street. >> reporter: joe johns, cnn, washington. >> let us know what you think
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about this breaking story. join the live chat, up next, you're going to hear what governor huckabee said tonight about how he made the decision to commute maurice clemmons' sentence. we'll also talk to the judge who recommended leniency. why did he do that? what does he think about it now? and later, chelsea clinton and the man she just announced she's going to marry.
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updating you now on tonight's breaking news. signs that maurice clemmons wanted in the murder of four police officers may be wounded. blood found in his pickup truck and word that a s.w.a.t. team surrounded a home in the area. authorities thought they had clemmons surrounded once before, though. we'll have to see what happens. we're not showing video of the s.w.a.t. team in action so as not to put any lives or the operation itself in danger. of course, the big question tonight, what was this man doing out on the streets in the first place? as we told you earlier, he made bail last week on charges that included assaulting a police officer and child rape which would seem to argue against any kind of bail. he did get bail, however. in addition, the washington report that granted bail was
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supposed to have known about his arkansas record. we don't know if they did. we do know that former arkansas governor mike huckabee is taking a lot of heat for commuting his sentence in the first place. he spoke about it tonight on another network. >> no, i look at every case file. i had about 1,200 of these a year. this is what people need to understand. 92% of the time they were denied. but in this case, the judge in the case was also recommending and the parole board on a 5-0 vote because at the age of 16 the sentence he got for the crimes he committed back in 1989 was excessive. >> digging deeper now with the judge that governor huckabee is talking about. judge marion humphrey. judge, thanks for being with us. so why did you strongly support parole for maurice clemmons. i have his rap sheet. on it, i guess in your handwriting, it says, i strongly support parole due to the length of sentence given. why did you say that? >> well, his rap sheet in the year 2000 is different than his
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rap sheet in the year 2001. different from the rap sheet in 2009. maurice clemmons according to the records before me was 16 years old when the issues that were presented to me were committed. >> on the rap sheet, burglary, burglary, probation -- two burglaries, theft of robbery, theft, robbery, possession of firearm in a school. >> and he also served time in prison. i think the point that's been lost among some people is that he actually served ten years, ten calendar years in the arkansas department of corrections. so it's not as though his sentence was commuted immediately after he was sentenced. maurice clemmons was 16 years of age. we're a country that says we believe in mercy. this is the advent season. one of the things about our lord and savior jesus christ is he promoted mercy. and that is a part of the makeup of some of us who serve on the benches, who serve on parole boards, who serve in governor's office. >> do you regret it? >> well, i regret that he's
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killed these innocent people. >> but you don't regret trusting him? >> well, i regret it in the sense that if i knew that he was going to go out and commit this kind of atrocity, assuming and believing that he did commit it, then certainly i wouldn't do that. that stands without reason. >> do you think he tricked you? you talk about -- >> no, no, no, no. he didn't trick me. he didn't trick me. he didn't say anything about his belief in jesus christ. i spoke of my belief in christ. >> because he does talk about his belief in christ to governor huckabee. >> he did not speak of that to me, though. that is to governor huckabee. i think governor huckabee acted very responsibly in this whole matter. i think he's come from under attack from some people because of his politics and being a republican or whatever. i think the governor looked at this situation prudently. he looked at the fact that this is a 16-year-old person at the time those offense has been committed. he had not killed anyone in 1989 which is the time that those
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cases that were before me were -- arose. >> so do you think the guy we're seeing now, the mug shot we're seeing now and knowing what he's now accused of doing, is that a different person? do you think he changed in some fundamental way or that person back then and you didn't see it? >> his demeanor is not what i'm seeing projected from the state of washington. that psychotic behavior that's been described, even by your people tonight, is not what i saw when he appeared before me for post-conviction relief, nor was it when he submitted requests to me. the parole board has a policy of extending letters to judges when a person is coming up for some kind of relief. and we are invited to give our comments on them. that's what i did. >> so -- >> i think given what was presented to me then, i think my behavior is prudent. and i think governor huckabee's
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was also prudent and responsible. >> got another question. in 2004, you actually married maurice clemmons. he came to the white house to get married. he sought you out. i ge guess he felt you were lenient with him or understood him. we actually have a picture of -- i guess this is after the wedding. you're on the left. that's him on the right and his then bride. but if the time line is accurate, he actually had already violated his parole. he got out of parole based on you and the governor's commutation. the parole board -- >> that's not correct. >> you recommended it and the parole board grants it. >> i recommend that to the governor. the governor then acts to commuting. commuted it to 47 years. he didn't just commute it to zero or time served. he gave the parole board the opportunity. >> he gets out by the parole board and immediately, within a year, violates his parole and is sent back into jail and then gets out three years later because they failed to follow procedure. they didn't give him the arrest warrant.
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so the time you married him in 2004, he violated parole and back in jail and out on a technicality. did you know that when you married him? >> no, i did not. that had nothing to do with him getting married. i'm encouraged people to get married. >> but the guy has not only been in jail once and then gets out and violates parole again, is that somebody you would want to be seen married? >> well, you have to ask the young lady who married him. i don't have anything to do with that. he came into the county courthouse. he asked to be married. i was compassionate to him in the past. he came to my chambers. they wanted to get married. i accommodated their request. now i asked what occurred in 2004, that case was in another judge's courtroom. i only deal with the ones in my courtroom. one in 2001 in another county in the state of arkansas. i had nothing to do with that.
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what i saw is what i based my decision upon. his demeanor was not one that i have listened to from people describe his situation out in washington this evening. that's not the kind of demeanor. if you see that picture there, that picture doesn't demonstrate that kind of demeanor. he doesn't even look the same. he doesn't look as rugged as he does. >> if he's out there tonight and listening. he's still on the loose. there is a s.w.a.t. team that supposedly surrounding it. if by some chance he's listening, he knows you. what would you tell him now? >> i'd say, maurice, for your own good, surrender before something even worse happens. come in, face what you have to face. face these charges. if you're not guilty of them, you'll have your day in court. but i would hope -- and i would urge him to surrender himself for his own good, for the sake of everybody involved. for the sake of his family. this is heart wrenching to them. it is embarrassing. it is difficult, i'm sure, on his children. i would say for him to come in and certainly it's painful for the families of those victims out in washington. my heart goes out to each one of
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them. law enforcement people come to my courtroom all the time. i know how difficult their job is. i respect the work that they do. and no one deserves to be treated in the way that they were, basically executed is what it seems to have done. as i said, i have to give him the presumption of innocence as a judge. but i wish that he'd come in and surrender himself. >> judge, i appreciate your time, sir. >> yes, sir. >> as always, get extra information at include be maurice clemmons parole and clemency documents. you can also find out how you can make donations to help the families of the fallen police officers. there's been a fund set up. a lot more ahead including tiger woods keeping quiet, ducking publicity and state troopers, not talking about the wreck that sent him to the hospital, landed him in the tabloids. is the silent treatment a good idea legally and otherwise? we'll talk to sportswriter christine brennan and jeffrey toobin.
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the white house crashers. new details ahead about the security breech of president obama's first state dinner. first, erica hill has a "360 news and business bulletin." >> thanks. welcome back. the supreme court telling a local report to re-examine the decision from earlier this year which ordered the release of photographs apparently depicting abuse of detainees in iraq and afghanistan. president obama signed legislation last month to keep those picture classified. the case stems from a lawsuit the aclu filed under the bush administration which denies request for the photos. just 32 states have been reporting widespread h1n1 viruses and that's good because
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it's actually down from 48 states three weeks ago. those numbers coming from the centers store disease control which also said 35 more children have now died from the flu including 27 cases confirmed cases of h1n1. there are now more than 66 million doses of the h1n1 vaccine available. a rally is fueling a late day run-up on the dow. the nasdaq basically flat. the s&p 500 was up 4. and 12 days of christmas, well, they don't come cheap. to buy everything from the partridge in the pear tree to the 12 drummers drumming, you need more than $87,000. >> wow. >> yeah. that is according to pnc which tallies the christmas price index each year. there is an up side here. the total is actually less than 1% higher than the bill was in 2008. so really, it hasn't gone up that much. >> i read that partridge prices dropped by half.
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>> well that, would help. >> the french hen prices are up like 50%. >> those import taxes. >> i guess. where do you get french hens these days? >> i could tell you but then i'd have to kill you. state secret. >> just ahead tonight, america watched her grow up. now chelsea clinton is getting married. details about the fiance, how they met and the connection between their families. plus, he's the biggest brand in sports. he also guards his privacy like a tiger. how tiger woods is handling the tabloid publicity over his car crash when "360" continues. of your business, what do you see? is the glass half-empty or half-full? well, with ups, you could eliminate warehouses. streamline your supply chain, and even reach new global markets. so your business is more adaptable, more efficient and more profitable. hey, the opportunities are out there. seize them with ups.
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you've gotta ask your doctor! or call 866-51 reclast. year-long protection for on-the-go women. "up close" tonight, tiger woods. if there's anyone adding to the mystery about that accident outside his home, it's woods himself. today woods said he won't be appearing at his own golf tournament in california this week. also police in florida are waiting for woods and his wife to talk to them about the wreck that sent the golfing great to the hospital. woods said it is a private matter. it has been turning into public relations nightmare. randi kaye reports. >> reporter: tiger woods finds himself in a public relations bunker and police are in the
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rough. three times he's blown off scheduled interviews with investigators who want answers about his mysterious one-car crash. these photos just obtained by cnn from show the golfer's badly mangled suv. public relations consultant ken sunshine says if woods is hoping his silence will make this story go away, good luck. >> bad move. you look guilty. it looks like you're hiding something. >> reporter: investigators tried to get surveillance tapes of the accident from neighbors' homes but no luck. just today authorities vowed to continue investigating even without woods. and we've learned, they are considering a search warrant to seize the golfer's medical records and possibly learn more about just what caused his injuries. cnn legal analyst jeffrey toobin. >> this was a single car accident in which the driver had a slight injury. that's the whole case so far.
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and i don't see why the police need to conduct an investigation if that's all the evidence they have. >> reporter: woods' squeaky clean image took a hit about 2:30 a.m. friday morning when his suv hit a fire hydrant and tree outside his florida home. a neighbor called 911. >> reporter: in florida, tiger woods is not required by law to speak with police. and his agent told cnn "it has been conveyed that he simply has nothing more to add and wishes to protect the privacy of his family." >> tiger woods has a public relations problem, not a legal problem. >> reporter: the first statement woods came via his website sunday after days of silence. he called the accident "embarrassing" and wrote -- >> reporter: he added -- >> he said it would never happen again.
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if you're innocent of something, you don't apologize for something that might not have happened. very confusing. >> reporter: woods spoke of malicious rumors in the statement, one of those may be a report by the "national enquirer" and others claiming that woods was having an affair with a nightclub hostess. the woman has denied any romance with woods. among other questions, why was he leaving his house at 2:30 in the morning and what caused him to hit a fire hydrant and tree? we may never know. randi kaye, cnn, new york. >> joining me now is jeffrey toobin, cnn analyst and "usa today" sports columnist christine brennan. so, jeff, legally, as you say, this is done. i mean he doesn't have to talk to police. >> he doesn't have to talk to the police. no american ever has to talk to
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the police. >> in every state, not just florida. >> not just florida. if the cops want to talk you to and say go pound sand, you have every right to do. that but what makes this situation even more -- what makes this situation even less likely for him to have to talk to the police is what's there for the police to investigate? this doesn't sound like any crime took place. it was sort of a bad fender bender. the front of the car is pretty damaged. but so what? >> right. >> there's just not much there as far as i can tell. >> christine, in terms of public relations, though, is there a problem for him not talking to police, do you think? >> i think it s as you know, anderson, from friday morning until sunday, there was this big vacuum. we didn't hear anything really from team tiger woods. and this is a smart group of people. tiger is a smart guy. he hired good people. i was a little bit surprised that they let it go that long with the blogosphere, the internet, "national enquirer" filling that void. >> i like the fact that they haven't said anything. it's no one's business. okay, so he had an accident. other than that, who -- so what? >> and also, you know, people talk about innocence and
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wrongdoing. what is the alleged wrongdoing here? his car went into a tree and had a minor accident. that's not a crime. there's no evidence of alcohol. there's -- what is he have to explain himself for? >> well, here's a guy, of course, who has made millions, even a billion dollars as we know the first billion dollar athlete by being a role model for kids and being out there big time as someone that you can look up to. i'm not saying that he has to talk or not. i think by not talking he let the dead air define him. and for a guy that guarded his image so carefully, there is no one maybe on the planet that's more disciplined about the image and the impression he's giving. >> it's interesting. i don't follow him that closely. but he doesn't really talk much about his private life. he basically just -- i mean when he needs to be in the public eye, he's in the public eye. otherwise, he guards his privacy. and more power to him. >> he bought a yacht and named
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his yacht "privacy." this is a goo who really cares about his privacy. the fact that the blogs are talking about him, i mean, you know, i don't have a lot of sympathy for tiger woods. he has the greatest life in the world. but if he has to live his life so that blogs don't write bad things about him, that's a hopeless standard. >> right. >> he doesn't care about that. i mean here's a guy that uses his website better than any other athlete in terms of announcing the birth of his daughter 2 1/2 years ago, the birth of his son, his knee injury. so he is adept at being able to manipulate the internet as he wishes. >> do you think this will go away? >> i think eventually. the first press conference he has, anderson, wherever that is, that will be a well attended vent. >> if he wins the masters in april, no one will think two seconds about this. i mean, you know, athletes fundamentally are about winning. and alex rodriguez, he admitted taking steroids. he was on a ticker tape parade a few weeks ago here in new york because he won. >> cynic.
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>> it's not cynical, it's just true. >> thank you for being on. christine brennan from "usa today" and jeff toobin, thanks. what do you think of tiger woods' accident? join the live chat right now. is it a story or much to do about nothing? next, breaking news about the white house party crashers. the reports tonight the couple got into another formal event this fall that president obama also attended. we'll have a live report from the white house coming up. payday for serena williams, over $80,000 but she's the one who owes the money. we'll tell you why, just ahead. , and it compared plans for us. it was easy to find the right plan for the prescriptions i need. your cvs pharmacist can help, too. come in today, or go to before december 31st to find the best plan for you -- at cvs/pharmacy.
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tonight the wanna be realities, the salahis crashed another party this fall. the couple be, i think we have a picture of them posing with vice president biden. they gave investigators e-mails that claim they were welcome at the white house. the obama administration so far disagrees. and today they offered new details about the security breech. cnn white house correspondent ed henry joins us. this wasn't apparently the first party they crashed, ed? what are you hearing? >> reporter: that's right. all developments on this story tonight. including in the last few moments. wttg, a local tv station here in washington is reporting that
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this couple actually crashed a congressional back caucus dinner in downtown washington about a month before the state dinner. why does it matter? it turns out that president obama and michelle obama were both at this dinner. and the station is quoting sources as saying that the couple did not have tickets so they snuck in allegedly through a catering, a bus boy entrance. if they did that, it's unclear whether or not they went through metal detectors. did they go through the right security procedures? even though this dinner was not actually at the white house, i traveled with the president all around the world. when he does a dinner somewhere at some other location, the secret service seals that place off. if these people really did sneak through some sort of a catering door, it raises a new round of questions about has the secret service been making all kinds of other mistakes here? >> it seems to me that only reason they go to parties is because they can be photographed at the parties. i've never seen two people at the party that are photographed more. they're like clinging on to everybody there.
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the reports add that a top pentagon official may have actually tried to get the couple into the state dinner. what's that about? >> yeah, that is about michelle jones, a special assistant to robert gates and also the pentagon's liaison to the white house. what's interesting is the white house tonight, i can tell you the sources are pushing back very hard in this report in the "washington post" which is saying that the salahis have e-mails and correspondence with michelle jones in which they claim she suggested to them recently that they could get into the state dinner. maybe she could help get them in. the white house is saying that's nonsense. they put out a statement tonight from michelle jones saying -- >> reporter: house officials are saying if there was a lobbying effort going on here, they didn't get on the list.
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the couple snuck in. they believe there was a breakdown by the secret service. not by white house staff. >> the secret service got a lot of the blame. is there more to this than the white house let on? >> reporter: i was pressing and other reporters were pressing robert gibbs on this matter. many people are pointing out that previous administrations, democrats and republicans at the state dinners, didn't just have the secret service there. they had the white house social secretary's office clearing names off the list. and there was not that kind of a staffer at this dinner. was there a breakdown there? i asked robert gibbs that question today. >> my understanding is that the secret service are doing what they were supposed to do. >> there were guest that's came to this event that were at previous dinners, there was somebody from the secretary's office checking names. that is not the responsibility of the secret service, is it? >> no, but ed, understand that the individuals listed weren't on any list. >> now there's going to be a congressional hearing on thursday, a house homeland security committee looking at all this. they're calling in this secret service director.
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my colleague jeanne meserve says they're calling in des'ree rogers, the white house social secretary and the salahis. this may be one invitation they just can't turn down. >> we'll see about. that ed, appreciate it. thanks very much. still ahead, what you might not know about women. serving in iraq and afghanistan, seeing combat like never before in the line of fire. but are their contributions and medical needs being recognized? we'll talk about that. and chelsea clinton is engaged. details on her fiance, when they'll wed and how they made at announcement. ahead, tonight. a. (announcer) certain medical conditions, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol, can decrease blood flow, which may lead to ed. that was news to me and my doctor told me levitra could help. (announcer) levitra works by increasing blood flow to help treat ed. ask your doctor if you're healthy enough for sexual activity. if you have heart problems, are on alpha-blocker therapy, or have uncontrolled high blood pressure, talk to your doctor before taking levitra. do not take levitra if you take nitrates for chest pains as this may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure.
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president obama is expected to announce his new strategy for afghanistan, including sending 30,000 troops to the war zone. you may not realize is how many of those troops will be women. of the 2 million americans who have fought in afghanistan and iraq since 2001, 220,000 of them have been women, 11%. women in combat seeing action, getting wounded, even killed. they have the scars to show for it even though military policy technically forbids women from combat operations. i spoke with the first african-american combat pilot who served two tours in iraq and former army sergeant kayla williams who served in the military intelligence company, 101st airborne division and went on foot patrol in baghdad. she is author of "love my rifle more than you" and heidi kraft, a clinical psychologist in the navy and author of "rule number
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two." >> you say the biggest misconception about women in the military is they're not in combat. >> yes, absolutely. when i got back from iraq, i had some people ask me if i was even allowed to carry a gun because i'm just a girl. and other people asked me if i was in the infantry. it became really clear that so many civilians really don't understand what roles women are playing in today's military. and i was shocked to learn even v.a. employees sometimes don't understand what women are going through. one of my friends was told by a v.a. doctor she couldn't possibly have post traumatic stress disorder because women aren't in combat, which you pointed out, simply isn't true. >> how was it different become a woman combat pilot? >> well, some of the situations where you sleep, you know, say there's a female tent and it is separated and across the compound. and the alarm goes off and you all have to go because you're the alert crew and you're separated from where the guys are, that could be a problem sometimes. but i was actually pretty lucky. i made sure i slept in the tent with the guys. i would just go and change
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somewhere else or the guys would go out and i would change. and, you know, you're a team. you make it work. but the number one deal i think out there is cohesiveness and getting the word and being ready when the alarm sounds. >> dr. craft, as a mom serving in a war zone, how was that a different experience than for other people? i mean, it's dual roles you're trying to balance. >> in my own case, i think it was difficult for me to balance the role of mother and also of doctor and officer and team member during a pretty tough time in iraq. so for me, it ended up being a moment of compartmentalization. i basically had to put my children's pictures away and be able to go forward and do my job. >> kayla, for you, being on the front lines, what about your experiences for a woman in a war zone that might be difficult for a male peer to understand? >> one thing that i think is
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difficult for my male peers to understand is the way in which i often felt, especially towards the end, that i represented all other women. and that kind of added burden of knowing that whatever i did reflected not only on my own character but if it were bad it would reflect negatively on other women. >> did you feel that as well? >> absolutely. there was a certain point where i failed a tactics test. i was absolutely devastated. now, you know, i think 11 other guys failed the test. but that wasn't the point. i felt like i let so many people down. i let women down, black folks down, the marine corps down. because you're carrying the standard. and i knew that other women would be judged off of my performance. >> kayla, you say women veterans are treated differently. >> yes, when i first got back from iraq, a lot of the guys i served with would go to the bars together. not necessarily the best thing to do when you're first home, you have no tolerance. but we go into the bar. the bouncer would check all our ids and call back to the
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bartender, buy these guys a round. by the time we make it back to the bar, it became apparent that bartender interpreted that very literally by these guys a round, the guys with the short hair and the good posture. and assumed that we women accompanies them must be wives or girlfriends or just miscellaneous hangers on. we were so rarely recognized as veterans. i don't think whether somebody thinks of soldier they get a picture that looks like me in their head. because of that, not only did i miss out on a lot of free beer, but i think there was just a lot of -- i felt invisible so often as a veteran. even now as i'm active and do a lot more things with veterans groups and on behalf of veterans, i'm so often, as i was when i was still in the military, the only woman there or one of very few women there. and it can sometimes feel isolating. >> we have to leave it there. kayla williams, heidi kraft and vernice, thank you. thank you for talking about your service. >> you're welcome. tomorrow, president obama's speech. laying out his new strategy for afghanistan begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern.
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former first daughter chelsea clinton and her long-time boyfriend, an investment banker, engaged. the couple sent out an e-mail on friday announcing news. they wrote -- >> the rumors of a wedding this past summer speak to the fact this is not any young couple. ms. clinton wasn't yet a teenager when she moved into the white house. she's now 29 years old and pursuing a second graduate degree. it has been a journey that all of us have watched. erica hill has tonight's "raw politics." >> reporter: chelsea clinton grew up before the country's eyes. just 12 years old when her father took office, she spent more than half her life in the public eye.
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though her parents took great pains to keep her out of the spotlight. >> they were ferociously protective of her, her choices of where to go to school, her access to press. and fought to make sure that her friends felt comfortable and welcome and that she could go and develop friendships that felt normal and important to her. >> reporter: the only child of one of america's most powerful political couples, chelsea endured the scrutiny and even helped her parents get through the monica lewinsky scandal. >> chelsea was the most important thing to both of them. that's the way they found their way back to each other is definitely through chels. >> reporter: she enrolled at stanford university during bill clinton's second term. graduated in 2001 with academic honors in history. next, it was on to oxford for a graduate degree where her own love life became tabloid fodder when she began dating a soccer player and scholar.
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the one-time first daughter also began testing the water of celebrity. >> she was going to a lot of fashion shows in new york and europe. she was sitting with gwyneth paltrow and madonna. so she was quite aware, self aware of herself as a public figure. and i think she experimented with that. and she decided, you know what? i like leading the normal life for now. >> reporter: her next stop, new york, where she eventually began dating long-time friend and fellow political offspring marc mezvinsky. his mother was a pennsylvania congresswoman and his father, a close friend of the clintons, a former iowa congressman. though he's known more recently for serving nearly five years in prison, convicted of fraud involving $10 million. both chelsea and her fiance also know political scandals never entirely fade. for chelsea, the reminder came while stumping for her mother's failed 2008 white house bid. with a question about monica
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lewinsky. >> wow. you're the first person actually that's ever asked me that question. in the -- i don't know, maybe 70 college campuses that i've now been to. and i do not think that's any of your business. >> reporter: a direct response from a woman who learned about the spotlight early on. and who will do her best to control just how much of this next chapter the public sees. and by control, understandably, it's her wedding. she may not want everybody there including all the helicopters. she is famously private. she never grants interviews to the media. i wouldn't expect her on the cover of "brides" magazine. there is a lot more happening. authorities in the seattle, tacoma area say the s.w.a.t. situation at a home in renton, washington, is over. maurice clemmons was not in the home. this is not the first search to come up empty. with any luck, the manhunt will be over.
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authorities do believe clemmons is wounded. we want to put this picture up again. if you have seen him at all or any information, you should contact police in your area. they warn and will underscore, he is considered armed and extremely dangerous, maybe shot in the torso or in the abdomen. erica hill has the "360 bulletin." three boys in southern california middle school arrested. it started with a facebook message promoting kick a ginger day, references to a "south park" episode. roman polanski remains in jail. it's unclear if he's paid the $4.5 million dollar wanted by swiss authorities. he has been in custody since his arrest in september. that arrest -- i mean u.s. warrant stemming from the 1977 conviction on sex charges. and serena williams fined a record $82,500 for her tirade at the u.s. open. she could also be suspended from the tournament if she has
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another "major offense" at any grand slam in the next two years. williams lashed out at a lines woman after a foot fault call at the end of her semifinal loss in september. >> a lot of money. >> yeah. >> erica, for tonight's shot, something new popped up in the internet on the youtubes. found it today. take a look. >> the cat's back. >> that is seriously adorable. >> i've never seen this. it's very funny. >> you have to see it to believe it. the whole clip is 17 seconds. it is 17 seconds of solid gold. another reason why al gore invented the internet. it's been viewed, by the way, more than a million times since added to youtube last month. >> so adorable. >> she is an adorable cat. >> i love it. >> we'll have a lot more ahead. we'll have the top stories in a moment. we'll be right back.
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