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they want the alternative vehicles and history shows that drivers often revert back to old prices. we'll see if this idea necessarily catches on. suzanne? >> you work for so many things. thank you, alison. good to see you. top of the hour. i'm suzanne malveaux. the ir threatens military action on the ground and even the price you pay for gas. we're all over this story. a critical meeting between president obama and israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. things getting uglier in
syria. eight people died today at the hands of their own government that. is according to opposition activists. a victim of sniper fire? >> you can see the devastation across the midwest. the relentless storm system impacting multiple states and 39 deaths. we are one day away from super tuesday. the race for the republican nomination and it's a make or break day for who? newt gingrich. he's campaigning in tennessee at this hour. gingrich is counting on a win to keep this campaign going. meanwhile, mitt romney is riding high into super tuesday. he won washington state over the
weekend. so is it okay to kill an a u.s. citizen with alleged ties to al qaeda? eric holder said yes. an official familiar with the speech says it's unlikely that he will mention anwhim by name. the most listened to radio show in the country, aol, is the latest to basically lash out against him after limbaugh called a college student a slut. the student has testified in support of contraceptive health coverage. in case you missed what this was all about and how it started, here's what he said. >> what does this say about the college co-ed susan fluke who
goes before a committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? what does ma make her? that makes her a slut, right? it makes her a prostitute. she wants to be paid to have sex. >> limbaugh has since apologized for the comment. the united states and israel are standing together against the threat of a nuclear iran. what are the rumblings of a possible attack mean for people who actually live there. in iran is ivan watson joining us from istanbul, turkey. ivan, i know you've had a chance to be there and talk to folks. do they fear that they will be under attack and that that attack is imminent from israel or perhaps even the united states? >> reporter: suzanne, i was only allowed to be there for five days. but compared to 203 and 2005,
americans asked, are you guys go to attack us? i didn't hear that question coming from ordinary iranians on this trip. they seem to be constantly living with talks of beating from the u.s. and israel and they are used to it. however, the government there does make great propaganda use of this type of talk, threats, that military options are on the table, they use them in the friday elections arguing in a public relations campaign that was really overwhelming that the u.s. did not want the iranians unless it was their patriotic duty to go and vote and that worked on some voters. one spokesman for the opposition green movement has all been but crushed. if there was an attack on iran, some hardline conservative
elements in that regime find it a blessing unless they wrap themselves around the iranian act, crashing all internal dissent and give more legitimacy to their government. suzanne? >> are they impacted by these sanctions? is it really having an effect on the people there and perhaps how the iranian government will behave? >> reporter: there's no question that the iranian economy is going through hardship, recent hardship. the iranian currency has dropped -- it's lost half of its value against the u.s. dollar in just the last three or four months. that has also pushed inflation where people are complaining about the rapid hike in basic commodities like rice and milk. one of them said that his business was about to go bust. so, yes, people are feeling economic pressure right now in
iran but it's not clear whether that's a direct impact of economic sanctions or perhaps bad government internal economic policy, suzanne. >> ivan watson, thank you. here's a rundown of some of the stories we're covering over the next hour. millions of americans who may have diabetes, meet a girl who got an artificial pancreas. and the nfl commission accusing the new orleans saints of paying their players to injury opponents. then this -- >> hey, need a little help here? >> lunch is over. >> all right. former sopranos star stevie van
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the death toll stands right now at 39. some town pretty were much wiped out. in indiana, for instance, the cleanup is complicated because there was snow that fell overnight and a lot of people lost their homes and they had to spend the evening helping with recovery efforts. some of the victims of these storms say they might never recover. there is one woman, she survived the tornado, that slammed into indiana, but she lost the love of her life. patty was engaged, just one day before the tornado hit. her fiancee, he was in the mobile home with her when it was picked up and it was tossed around by those winds. >> i've lost everything. i've lost my boyfriend, my fiance, i've lost my home, everything in it. i lost my animals, my dog, everything. it's just so hard for me to
believe that he's not here. it felt like i was floating, flying, is what i could feel like, and i could feel my receives going through the walls of the trailer. i remember when it first hit and i fell backwards, my first thought in my head was, this is it. i'm going to die. >> we wish patty all the strength and all the best. we know this is a very hard, hard time. there are so many tornadoes and pretty early in the season and it just seems like it is so much worse than what we've seen in the past. i want to bring in jacqui jeras. how does this compare to what we saw even last spring? >> well, we think this is going to be one of the worst tornado outbreaks for the month of march. it's hard to compare directly because the numbers we're looking at are still preliminary. take a look at this. this is a new radar image that we have to show you that shows
all of the tracks and paths of rotating thunderstorms and this is one of the tools that the meteorologists will use to help analyze it and it gives you a perspective of how widespread it is and shows you long track tornadoes and you can see that it was on the ground for well over 30 miles. there's so many of them. it's just amazing. the preliminary reports at this time is that there were about 117 tornadoes that occurred out of this outbreak. so far only 50 of them have been confirmed. now, the big benchmark, of course, we talk about, the big outbreak that happened last april that killed more than 300 people, here's how we compare apple to apples. these are the warnings that were issued for tornadoes only on friday. 303 of them. this is from the april outbreak, from april 27th to the 28th. look at the number up here. 688. so we're talking likely double the number of tornadoes from
last year's outbreak compared to what we have today. these are all of the tornado reports and that's the high-risk outlook issued and we'll continue to see the busiest start to tornadoes. >> all right. thank you, jacqui. to find out how to impact those impacted by the tornado, go to cnn.com/impact. you can help people who are in need. that is cnn.com/impact. the nfl is accusing new orleans saints to injure players that are their opponents. look! the phillips' lady!
what are the accusations here? >> well, the nfl said that it had completed its investigation and found that anywhere between 22 and 27 football players and during the last three seasons, dating back to 2009, the year that the new orleans saints won the super bowl, participated in a game run by craig williams. they have multiple sources that explained it and players were paid. this was done according to the nfl between these players and this coach, that they could be paid anywhere up to $1500 for knocking a player out of a game. $1,000 if they had to be carted off the field and payments made out for interceptions and fumble recoveries. these punishing hits is what is getting so much attention. the nfl has been trying to make
this game safer, a game that is already very violent. but they are investigating these claims. they say that they have multiple sources that have come forward with information and there is also talk that during -- while greg williams coached at the washington redskins, the washington post is reporting that that team is under investigation to help figure out how this program will work as well. >> we're already hearing from viewers who are saying, football is a violent sport. maybe it's not such a big deal. what's all the controversy over? >> well, look, to be very clear about this, there's no question that football is an incredibly violent sport but the nfl said they go out of their way every year to warn teams about these rules and in their words, it's a clear rules violation. there's a rule -- and the rules say noncontract bonuses, that no bonus or award may directly or indirectly be promised to his or
his team performance and these are the rules that are clearly lined out and this is why specifically this story is getting so much attention and it's become such a big deal. >> all right. thank you. that brings us to the "talk back" question of the day. should nfl teams be punished for hard hits? and it's a threat that affects national security as well as financial stability. we're including gas prices. president obama and israeli prime minister meeting to discuss the nuclear threat with president obama and what to do about it. a vitamin totally dedid to your eyes, from the eye-care experts at bausch + lomb. as you age, eyes can lose vital nutrients. ocuvite helps replenish key eye nutrients. [ male announcer ] ocuvite has a unique formula not found in your multivitamin to help protect your eye health.
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and it's unwavering. >> as i've said repeatedly, the bond between our two countries is unbreakable. my personal commitment, a commitment consistent with the history of other occupants is rock solid and as i've said in every one of our meetings, the united states will always have israel's back when it comes to security. this is a bond based not only on our much security interests and economic interests but is also based on common values and the incredible people to people contact that we have between our two countries. during the course of this meeting we'll talk about the
regional issues that are taking place and i look forward to the prime minister sharing with me his ideas about how we can increase the prospects of peace and security in the region. we will discuss the issues that continue to be a focus of not only our foreign policy but also the prime ministers, how we can potentially bring about a calmer set of discussions between the israelis and the iranians. it's a very difficult thing to do in light of context right now but i know that the prime minister remains committed to try to achieve that and obviously a large topic of conversation is iran, which i
devoted a lot of time to and the prime minister has been focused on for a long period of time. number one, we all know that it's unacceptable from israel's perspective to have a country with a nuclear weapon that has called for the destruction of israel. but as i emphasized yesterday, it is profoundly in the united states's interest as well to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. we do not want to see a nuclear arms race in one of the most volatile regions of the world. we do not want the possibility of a nuclear weapon falling in the hands of terrorists and we do not want a regime that has been a state sponsor of terrorism being able to feel that it can act even more aggressively or with impune tea as a consequence of its nuclear power. that's why we have worked so diligently to set up the most crippling sanctions ever with
respect to iran. we do believe that there is still a window that allows for a diplomatic resolution to this issue but ultimately the iranians regime has to make a decision to move in that direction, a decision that they have not made thus far. and as i emphasize, as we continue on the diplomatic front, we continue to tighten pressure when it comes to sanctions, i reserve all options and my policy here is not going to be one of containment, it's of prevention of iran obtaining nuclear weapons. and as i indicated yesterday in my speech when i say all options are on the table, i mean it. having said that, i know that both the prime minister and i prefer to resolve this diplomatically. we understand the costs of any military action and i want to
assure both the american people and the israeli people that we are in constant and close consultation. i think the levels of coordination and consultation between our militaries and our intelligence is not just on this issue but on a broad range of issues has been unprecedented and i intend to make sure that continues during a series of difficult months, i suspect, in 2012. so prime minister, we welcome you and appreciate very much the friendship of the israeli people. >> thank you. well, mr. president, thank you for those kind words. and thank you, too, for that strong speech yesterday. i want to thank you also for the warm hospitality that you've shown me and my delegation.
the appliance between our two countries is deeply appreciated by me and by everyone in israel and i think that, as you said, when americans look around the middle east today, they see one reliable, stable, fateful ally of the united states and that's the democracy of israel. americans know that israel and the united states share common values, that we dep fend common interests, that we face common industries. iran knows that too. they are the great satan, we are the little satan. for them, we are you and you are us and you know something, mr. president, at least on this last point, i think they are right. we are you and you are us. we're together. so if there's one thing that stands out clearly in the middle east today is that israel and
america stand together. i think that above and beyond that, are two principles, long-standing principle of american policy that you reiterated yesterday in your speech, that israel must have the ability always to defend itself by itself, against any threat and that when it comes to israel's security, israel has the sovereign right to make its own decisions. i believe that's while you'll appreciate, mr. president, that israel must reserve its right to defend itself and, after all, that's the very purpose of the jewish state, to restore to the jewish people, control over our destiny and that's why my supreme responsibility, as prime minister of israel, is to ensure that israel remains the master
of its fate. so i thank you very much, mr. president, for your friendship and i look forward to our discussions. thank you, mr. president. >> the country that many are trying to build a nuclear weapon, now the president is trying to draw a line in the sand. sound familiar? we'll talk about the parallels between the iraq war and what is happening right now in iran. ♪ he was a 21st century global nomad ♪
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could we be looking at another possible war or be pulled into another conflict in the middle east? president obama is talking tough on the fight to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of the iranian government. he is also reupping his commitment to israel in the face of danger. currently working on mitt romney's campaign, dan, you and i used to talk to each other all the time. >> i remember it well. >> yes, you do. >> sort of. >> yeah.
we heard the president and netanyahu w netanyahu weighing in on this and now the president has said that he's got their back if they decide to go up against iran. are you satisfied that they are with that kind of backing? >> there are two questions. one is whether israel wants to outsource decisions and the capacity to make decisions down the road for israel security. the whole founding of the modern state of israel was founded in part so that the jewish state would not have to rely on the israeli leader to hear, don't worry, israel, don't do anything, we have your back, we'll take care of it, is delegating an enormous am of responsibility to another party. the second part of the question is, even if they are willing to delegate that responsibility, do they trust that obama will lack? and that has been the concern
given the events of the last several years. if the administration has settled on a lot of things and done a lot of things that have given many israeli leaders raise real serious questions for them about whether or not the obama administration will act if it needs to. >> and we heard from netanyahu himself who said if you heard him say, there is no daylight between us when it comes to the policy in dealing with iran, what more assurances do you need or want from this president? >> well, look, i do believe the president means that when he says there's no daylight between the united states and israel. i think that he believes that. but the challenge here is -- it was netanyahu who said, if they are going after you, they are going after us. the concern is that the president may believe that there's no daylight between the u.s. and israel but the president may also believe that military action is not the
proper course and not in the interest of the united states and not in the israel of israel. so the president could easily argue, convince himself, military action is a bad idea. what happens -- the question that we're wrestling with, many in this country are wrestling with, what happens if the united states, if the president believes that the military action is not the right course but israel believes it's the only course. however, by virtue of israel waiting, it's too late for israel to deal with it? then israel's leaders have no options and that's what the prime minister said today. he said something very important in that oval meeting. he said that it's important for israel to maintain its capacity to control its own fate. it's got to maintain it's own ability to maintain these decisions. the issue is, if they wait, they may lose that optionality. >> dan, i spoke to general marks and he said that an attack is imminent. do you believe that scenario, that that's how this is playing
out now? >> i do think there is going to be -- if i would have to make a prediction, these things are very hard to know, they do not think diplomacy is working. i think we're passing the point in which sanctions can have an effect. unless the character of the government changes, if it seices to be in this inquisitive mode, the only option is military action. the only question is, then who does it? the united states or israel? >> we're going to leave it there. dan, thank you, as always. up next, the iranian american council talking about the chance of an event conflict. you probably remember him on "sopranos" ♪
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point, i think they are right. we are you and you are us. we're together. >> joining us, escalating over the last 48 hours the possibility of this conflict between israel and iran. and listening to these leaders today and what you've heard, do you think that diplomacy, diplomacy alone, will be able to convince iran to put down its -- potentially put down those elements of its weapon program? >> well, i i agree with the president who said that we have to have diplomacy because at the end of the day the only way to convince a country, the estimation of the u.s. government that the iranians have not made a decision to build a bomb, at least not yet, the only way you can be do that
is by convincing them that it does not lie in their interest to do so. you can only achieve that through diplomacy. if you think that iran can bomb the country and i think one is sadly mistaken. as a result, the president realizes that beyond diplomacy, there really isn't any past that can reach to a successful resolution. >> how much of this do you think it politics playing out here? the fact that benjamin netanyahu has the power, the authority to call for elections up until 2013? you also have presidential politics taking place in this country as well. both of these leaders seem to be making such tough statements and taking a tough stand against iran? >> well, policy is actually most of all of this. it's because of domestic politics in iran, in the united states, as well as the actions of the israeli government that
obama pursued in the first round, not to be sufficient and strong and sustaining, to actually be able to succeed, it was one obama official told me, a single roll of the dice. you had to work together or not at all and there's no such thing as fast food dip employee lomac. >> how do you respond to my previous guest, dan seymour who said the time for diplomacy is essentially running out, that you have a threat, that israel -- the target, the threshold that israel has in allowing iran to have a nuclear weapon. we're pretty much there. >> well, actually, the threshold of the israelis and the reason there is a conflict between the israeli government and the obama administration is that they shouldn't have a nuclear
weapons capability. that's where we probably already are. that's why the united states and why the president has been pretty firm in rejecting the israeli red line and adopting the red line of iran not having a nuclear weapon. and the crucial difference between the two governments, in spite of all of the nice talk, that's the difference that remains in which the israeli government has failed to convince obama to adopt that israeli red line. >> trita parsi, thank you so much. >> thank you. a new bruce springsteen album holds no punches. the one and only steven van zandt is joining us. [ male announcer ] why do we grow quaker oats? because there are mountains to climb. ♪ dreams to be realized.
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listen. this is your single jack of all trades from nbc late night with jimmy fallon. let's listen. ♪ >> i understand -- talk to me a little bit about where our country is and the fact that people are suffering in tough economic times. you and bruce have always brought that to light. how do you think that is going? >> well, we are in a very weird place. and, yeah, i think the album addresses that in a way that should be addressed. and, you know, i think at this point we take an independent position of, you know, it's not a partisan position to to say td
to be working and have opportunities and equal opportunities and all that sort of basic american stuff. i think it's -- we've gone off the rails a little bit, you know, and we need to fix that stuff. so it's good to be addressed and just open up the questions. >> sure. >> we seem to keep having the wrong conversations in this country and talking about the real issues, we're distracted by all this nonsense, you know. >> tell me a little about the series willie hammer. it's going to be on netflix and you're going to play a gangster? >> i am playing a gangster again, by popular demand. i really didn't intend to play a gangster again so soon, but the norwegian writers came to me, so we have a terrific idea. a gangster goes into a witness protection program in norway, and i thought, you know what, that's such a good idea, i can't
resist it. so, yeah, it is made for norwegian tv, but netflix picked it up, and as a first original programming which i'm very proud of. netflix is tv. netflix is the new tv. >> it's the future of tv. is your character similar to the one you played on "the sopranos"? are you the same kind of guy? >> he looks similar, you know, but not really. not really. filvio was very concerned about taking care of tony soprano and was very cautious, and the only guy, really, on the sa propranoo didn't want to be a boss, this guy is more of a boss. he's more outgoing, a little bit wilder and gets into all sorts of situations in norway where there is no crime and it's a
very, very straight society, you know. >> what's the character's name again? >> frank the fixer taziano. >> great gangster name there. >> yeah, you know. so, yeah, it's very exciting. it was exciting to work over there because the actors are terrific and the writers are great. i became one of the writers and one of the producers, and i'm very proud of it, really. very, very happy that netflix picked it up. >> good to see you again. you have a lot of fans over here. part of your team was rooting for you there, so we'll be looking forward to it. we'll be watching. thanks. >> we'll be down in your neighborhood soon, in atatlanta. >> great. join us on the set. we'll have you on the set next time. >> okay, great. should nfl teams with bounty programs be punished or is it just part of the game? the nfl conducted an
investigation of my team, the new orleans saints, and they found the defensive coordinator for three seasons was offering bonuses for hurting opposing players. they got $1500 for knocking a player out of the game. this one says, teams should absolutely be punished. paul says, the nfl with speeshl focus on player safety the fast few years has to use the saints to send a message on this issue or risk coming off as hypocrites. monetary incentives to injure are simply wrong. >> they have to expect this. after all, the nfl stands for "not for long." wow. we got some passionate responses. we'll have more of those on my facebook page and twitter as well. and a medical device that acts like a pancreas could change the lives of millions of
celebrity chef paula dean is getting sued. former employee lisa jackson claims that deen's brother sexually harassed and assaulted her at work in georgia. jackson began working with the paula deen companies back in 2005. she said she left in 2010 after she could no longer bear this abusive treatment. we're going to have more on the story after it develops. last month deen made news for hiding her diabetes despite making money off rich and sugary southern style cooking. this is being called a game changer for almost 5 million diabetics in this country who use insulin. elizabeth cohen has the story of a young girl who was one of the first to try it out. elizabeth, i understand -- am i overstating this when i say it's a game changer? >> no, you're not overstating at all. if this device works and is approved by the fda, it will be installed in the pancreas.
it doesn't go inside of you, it gets strapped outside of you and it does the work that the pancreas can no longer do in someone with diabetes. alicia got to try this. at home, ally has to prick her finger eight to ten times a day and estimate how much insulin she needs. she can't always get it right so sometimes she has sugar lows and she crashes. her mother wakes her every three hours at night to make sure she's not crashing in the mildde of the night. the artificial pancreas would change all that because it would test her glucose for her and use algorithm to see how much sugar she needs. >> i won't have to test my blood sugar, estimate how much insulin i have to take. >> we're very anxious to have the opportunity to use the device in a home setting. we spent three days at mass general hospital with the
device, and we were very inspired by the promise and what a difference it could make in elly's life. >> elly used the device in the hospital. and that's because it's still being studied, and they can only use it when being observed in the hospital. >> so it's clinical trials. when do we expect ellie can use something like this. >> doctors expect it to be approved in the next four years, so that's actually pretty soon. >> good news for her. thank you. appreciate it. we continue in the cnn newsroom. up next with brooke baldwin. >> suzanne, thank you so much. hello to all of you. happy beginning to your week. as always we begin with rapid fire. roll it. inside the white house today, the focus is iran and the concern, it could develop a nuclear weapon. president obama and israel's prime minister both say they prefer a diplomatic solution but
insist no option is off the table. >> the united states will always have israel's back when it comes to israel's security. we face common energies. iran leaders know that, too. for them you're the great satan, you're the little satan when it comes to israel's security. israel has a sovereign right to make its own decisions. >> now, both of these men are leaving the door open for military action. in just a couple minutes we'll take you live to the pentagon to get an idea of how an attack might go down. snow is falling on the rubble left behind a series of tornadoes in indiana and kentucky. look at this. so obviously, the snow is slowing down the much-needed cleanup. teams from fema are also visiting some of the hardest hit areas like west liberty, kentucky today. kentucky suffered 21 of the 39 deaths caused by those twisters. >> i can't really remember exactly what came to mind. i know i walked up and i did
look down and i thought, oh, my goodness, our little town is gone. and i looked around and realized my neighbors still had a little bit of shelter so i went and asked if i could come in there. >> the weather service reports at least 42 tornadoes hit ten different states friday into saturday. the blitz is on for super tuesday. check out the map. you have ten states holding primaries, caucuses and 419 delegates will be up for grabs tomorrow. it is a day that maybe -- maybe -- will clear up the gop race for the white house. new polling shows mitt romney statistically tied with rick santorum in that key state of ohio. this is a big swing from what we saw a week ago. obviously, stay with cnn, we've got all the latest coverage here on super tuesday. yet another advertiser bailing on rush limbaugh after the radio show host called a lou
staud student a slut. that's the eighth to yank their ads from his show. this came after he apologized for his comments. you'll see how rush is responding today. in new jersey, they accidentally give kids breast cancer treatment pills instead of flouride pills. cvs says about 50 children may have been given the wrong medicine. they probably will not experience harmful side effects, but a head of a new jersey hospital says parents still need to double check. >> i am recommending that if you've been identified as having these medications that you should contact your physician. >> as for cvs, the pharmacy says it is deeply sorry for that mistake.
journalist marie colvin's body will be back in the u.s. tomorrow. colvin and a french photographer was killed in intense shelling in homs. the u.n. estimates wade spread violence in syria has left 175 people dead. a series of explosions at an ammunition depot. this is caught on camera by a cnnireporter. 200 people were killed, another 2,000 were injured in those blasts, and the force of sunday's explosions broke windows three miles away. that's how forceful it was. authorities believe the blasts were caused by an electrical short. and angry protesters in milwaukee shouting and holding signs during the launch of a new jeffrey dahmer walking tour. let me say that again. a jeffrey dahmer walking tour. yeah. they stop at locations where the serial killer targeted his
victims. they name the victims dahmer met at each place, details of sexual encounters they may have had, how he killed them and even how he disposed of their bodies. one of the victims was the sister of one sister of one demonstrating. >> this is bad. it's in poor taste and it's heartless. >> one guide said despite all those protests, the tours will likely go on. and on this monday, we've got a lot to cover for you in the next two hours. watch this. the west is worried that iran is close to making a nuclear bomb and israel fears being the target. today at the white house, the president and the israeli prime minister are sitting down to figure out what should happen next. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. less than 24 hours to go before super tuesday and still no front runner. but could a wave of high-profile endorsements put mitt romney over the top?
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wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall in the oval office. today president obama is meeting with benjamin netanyahu. these two leaders, not much affinity there. you have the matter at hand, namely israel's possible inclination to attack iranian targets. keep in mind, this could be during a u.s. election season. the white house doesn't want that at all, and the president keeps saying, guys, we've got your back. if iran needs handling, let us do it, period. >> i reserve all options and my policy here is not going to be one of containment, my policy is prevention of iran obtaining nuclear weapons. and as i indicated yesterday in my speech when i say all options are at the table, i mean it.
>> now, no way to really know if that message is getting through. in just a moment we're going to take a look at potential war scenarios. but first i want to go straight to the white house to chief correspondent jessica yellin. does the president have the ability to harden his line against iran? >> reporter: certainly the sanctions against iran have stepped up recently and israel seem to deserve a lot of the credit for that around the world. i do want to bring you a little bit of news, though. according to senior administration officials, the president and prime minister netanyahu met in the oval office for two hours, a very long meeting, and their official delegations are now in a working lunch. so their meetings continue here at the white house. to your question, it's not just pressure from sanctions by the u.s. but also from the west in general. think about the oil embargo by the european nations that's come
after israel's ratcheted up its talks, and listen to the language prime minister netanyahu used in the oval office today, this in a very conciliatory meeting by u.s. terms lately between the two leaders. listen to this. >> israel must have the ability always to defend itself by itself against any threat, and that when it comes to israel's security, israel has the right, the sovereign right, to make its own decisions. >> reporter: so yes, israel has succeeded its language, its language have helped the west in pressure on iran, but they would say they did that on their own, didn't need israel's pressure. >> we're listening to what they're saying there today, so i just want everyone to listen to
a little bit more. this was in the speech to the staunchly liberal group. >> iran and israel both confess that iran does not yet have a nuclear weapon. and we are extremely vigilant in monitoring their program. now the international community has a responsibility to use the time and space that exists. >> to reiterate, he said the time and space that exists. that seems to represent a crucial difference between u.s. thinking on iran and israel's thinking on iran, yes? >> reporter: yes, this is the fundamental difference between the two. the u.s. wants to stop iran from developing a nuclear weapon. fundamentally, from having the weapon itself. israel wants to stop iran from developing the capability to have a nuclear weapon, from even getting to the stage where it could put the pieces together. why the difference?
because of our different military abilities. israel, which feels threatened because of its proximity to iran, and because of its history as a nation that was formed in the aftermath of the holocaust as a place for holocaust survivors to gather, feels it has to defend its borders and its people from any threats, and it cannot, because of the limited abilities of its military, necessarily defend against iran, they believe, at the stage once they have a nuclear weapon. they feel they might have to strike when they have the ability to develop a nuclear weapon. the u.s. with our bigger military feels, well, maybe we could strike after they have actually made the nuclear weapon. so there is a little bit of wiggle room in between the two positions, and that's the fundamental distinction between these allies, brooke. >> we wrote this down listening to them saying israel remains the master of its fate.
jessica yellin at the white hou house. jessica, thank you. i want to turn to barbara starr. if these aliens were to attack iran, how might that unfold? >> brooke, it really goes to what jessica was just talking about. what would the uisraeli militar capability be? would they be something less? they have a lot of fighter jets into the hundreds, and they do have the bunker buster bombs, so it's precision weapons designed to punch through underground targets or heavily reinforced targets which is what everybody believes iran has in their nuclear facilities. the question is, if iran were to continue to reinforce, continue to bury deeper and deeper, would the israeli bunker busters work or do we get to a point where it's only the heavier u.s. weapons that would work?
that's one of the challenges facing israel right now as they try to develop their strategy and thinking of all this, brooke. >> so we don't know at what point israeli bunker busters would actually be effective versus american weaponry. so we don't know, that's one variable. i do want to move along, though, we're hearing senator mccain of arizona talking about syria. he wants to call u.s. air strikes against syria? what can you tell us about that? >> that's breaking now just as we speak. senator mccain expected to come to the senate floor looking at the clock in just about 16 minutes from now and call for u.s. or foreign air power, air strikes against syria. our understanding is he will be calling for air strikes to establish safe havens for syrian civilians in the north of the country, places where they can be safe, places where the opposition can form up and
launch -- assemble its strength, its weapons, its organization. but this will be very problematic. this is a highly controversial initiative. any kind of, let's just say, u.s. air strikes, you would have to take out syrian air defenses, missiles, all the things that would make it extremely difficult for any air forces to fly into syrian air space. they would face very significant challenges. senator mccain well a waware of that with his military background. he is expected to talk about that very thing, suppressing syrian air defenses enough, doing air strikes enough to establish some safe havens. he is putting his cards on the table today. secretary of defense leon panetta is going to be there for the armed securities division for mccain on thursday. >> thank you so much, barbara
>> please! get in here! >> all right. >> oh, my god. we're all right, we're all right. >> look at that passing over the house. here's the view from the guy's basement. he slowed the video down so you can better appreciate this happening in the air outside of his home. just a tad too close here. he writes in his clip that this was an ef-3 tornado with winds as strong as 165 miles per hour, and then this man asked people to help west liberty survivors. i can tell you now that help is coming for the ten states impacted by the tornadoes that
killed a total of 39 people. in fact, members of the federal emergency management agency, fema, they're now out there. they're assessing some of the damage. hundreds of guard troops also assisting in places like indiana and kentucky where today it is snowing of the we go to the snow to rob marciano in west liberty for us. rob, can you walk me around, show me what it looks like? i imagine the snow can't be helping matters. >> not at all. the cold was bad enough, and now the snow, we got about 3 or 4 inches of snow last night, still kind of flurrying here. so you get all that snow on debris like this. there is nails, there's pieces of sharp metal, glass in some cases hidden by seemingly innocent white snow, so that makes it dangerous, and obviously it's slick as well. some of these businesses damaged badly, some completely destroyed. they're lifting up roofing supplies to at least put some
protective layers on some buildings that they think may very well be saved. a lot of traffic up and down main street, mostly workers. a lot of power crews. and some business owners and some government workers. we are by the courthouse. this thing built in 1936. an old, historic building. did not fare too well. as you can see here, here's some of the government workers going in there. you can imagine, there is a ton of very sensitive court documents in that courthouse. they've got to protect those. they have to take them into safekeeping. there is the new courthouse right there, actually right next to it, that they haven't finished building. they would like to move in there soon, but obviously that's been put on hold. more power crews coming down main street with more power poles. there's one being put right on the corner there. a lot of activity. they're focusing on getting the power strung. that's the biggest issue. they're using portable
generators. no communication as well. that's the two main things they want to get done. they've cleared a lot of debris off the roadway. they still haven't allowed residents to come back in because it's been too dangerous. they may ease up on that tomorrow, but obviously residents staying with friends and families in shelters and hotels outside of town are frustrated that they can't come back and look for personal belongings and mementos. >> understandably, though, if there's nails and glass underneath the snow, you don't want to risk getting hurt. i wanted to share this one story. i know a lot of you have been rooting for this 14-month-old tornado survivor by the name of angel babcock. people found this little girl alive in the middle of a field in indiana, the state where an ef-4 tornado with 200-mile-per-hour winds touched down. her mother, her father, brother and sister all died on friday. and then yesterday evening her
grandfather announced angel did pass away. her relatives decided to remove angel from life support, and the hospital said she had suffered severe head and neck injuries. you see the price of gas each and every day as you drive within your city. super tuesday less than 24 hours away. the politics of the gas prices heating up. coming up, ali velshi joins us life from the pipeline crossroads of the world. we're talking about oklahoma. we're going to talk, next. ah, but my carrots have that crunch. it's my milk in the rich sauce coating the chicken and the pasta. boys! don't you think stouffer's steam perfect bag should get some credit? my carrots. my milk. my carrots. my milk. [ female announcer ] new from stouffer's. farmers' harvest steam meals for one in the steam perfect bag seal in all the goodness. they taste so good, we'll bet the farm on it. nestle. good food, good life. carrots! creamy!
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more oil is said to be stored there. why? >> a few things. the u.s. is actually producing more oil than it was, say, five years ago. there were more drill units produced under the bush administration. we're producing more oil. we're also not consume morging oil so oil is getting stockpiled. ten miles east of here was something called the wheeler well and it was first drilled on march 12, 1912. so it's 100 years old. back in the day, they put oil in barrels and they put them on trucks or railways. then they stopped moving oil and barrels because there was too much of it and they started piping it. but cushing started to be the spot where you got your oil from. so to this day, if you buy a barrel of oil -- you don't buy one, you buy 42,000 at the same time or 42,000 barrels which is
42,000 gallons, and you don't trade it, you actually take delivery of it, this is where you take delivery, in cushing, oklahoma. this is the oil crossroads, the pipeline crossroads of america, and this is exactly where that keystone xcel pipeline was going to be. it was going to go from here to the gulf of mexico. so these guys here are all about the oil. whether it's 110 or 150, oil has to come through this place. there's construction under way. they're continuing to build. they're not happy, brooke, with the decision that president obama and the administration made not to grab the keystone pipeline extension. >> you and i were on the air that day. it was a day in january, right, when the obama administration did not approve it. so i know on the one side people who definitely wanted it, i imagine you would be talking to some people. when you mentioned the jobs and construction boom, i understand they're rung oning out of homesr some of these construction people. the fact the pipeline isn't
there, does that still mean job creation? >> yeah, because you can't reroute where all these pipelines go. there's thousands of miles of pipe in this country and they all kind of lead here. this is kind of a spiderweb. but i spoke to the guy who runs the original well just outside of cushing, and here's what he told me about how they're feeling about that decision. >> i really mad about it. the interest of certain factions and groups and politicians are being put in front of, in my opinion, what is really good for the country. the xcel pipeline should be an absolute no brainer. it is a job creator, it is an absolute must for our security for the future of this nation for us, more importantly for our children. >> reporter: now, remember, brooke, the folks around here are in the business of shipping oil, right, moving it around, storing it. there are three days' worth of u.s. consumption. all the oil we consume in a day in u.s., there's three days
worth of that stored right here, so that's a lot of oil. they don't really like the idea that oil prices go too high, because obviously that dampens demand. they want oil to be at a price that feels fair and affordable to everybody so people use lots of it. so it's not like they're thinking high oil prices help them here. it has nothing to do with them. they don't get any benefit from high oil prices. what they get is benefit from the fact that oil continues to flow. so that's the feeling around here. this is a primary state, super tuesday tomorrow, oklahoma is a conservative state. of the people likely to go to the primaries that have been polled by cnn and opinion research, rick santorum is in the lead here, although amongst republicans generally, mitt romney is pulling a little bit higher. >> i am sure that keystone xcel, we just heard the guy say he is mad about it. that will be on their minds as they cast votes tomorrow. meantime, rush limbaugh is still at the center of this firestorm after his inflammatory comments about a woman testifying about birth control.
more and more advertisers are abandoning rush limbaugh's radio show. in fact, just a short time ago, the radio host reiterated his apology for crude comments he made last week. he went after a georgetown law student named sandra fluke who testified at a hearing organized by democrats. and she was speaking in favor of the recent obama administration proposal that employers be required to cover birth control in their health plans. here's what limbaugh said on his radio show. >> what does this say about the college coed susan fluke who goes before a congressional committee and says she must be paid to have sex? what does that make her? it makes her a slut, right? >> well, again, limbaugh has
apologized, saying that he was just trying to be funny. he also says it is, quote, absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of congress, end quote. john zarrella has more here. john, to the advertiser, and we know now eight advertisers are baling on his radio show. who is the latest? >> reporter: eight that we know of. certainly could be more, and there could be more coming as well. aol today came out on their facebook page and issued a statement and basically saying, we have been monitoring the unfolding events and have determined that mr. limbaugh's comments are not in line with our values. so aol, apparently the latest to go ahead and pull their advertising from his show. >> so limbaugh, he has said mea culpa more than once. this young lady was on "the
view" this morning and she's saying the apology ain't good enough, isn't she? >> limbaugh came right out of the box at the beginning of his program and said s, listen, fol, i want 30 minutes of your time to explain why i apologized. there are theories on both sides, and the theories are wrong. he said that, i descended to their level, referring to the left here, when i used those two words to describe sandra fluke, and then he went on to say -- >> i've always tried to maintain a very high degree of integrity and independence on this program. nevertheless, those two words were inappropriate, they were uncalled for, they distracted from the point that i was actually trying to make, and i again sincerely apologize to miss fluke for using those two
words to describe her. >> reporter: and he said that he does not think she is either of two of those words, and he said he didn't think she was last week when he said it as well. and you made reference to sandra fluke being on "the view" this morning, and in fact she was. now, this was before limbaugh's latest attempt at apology, and this is what she said this morning. >> well, let me just say this, and i encourage everyone to look at the statement in its entirety on line. but what i have to say is that i don't think that a statement like this issued saying that his choice of words was not the best changes anything. and especially when that statement is issued when he's under significant pressure from his sponsors who have begun to pull their support from the show. >> reporter: so, you know, brooke, this is one of those firestorms that limbaugh is having a very, very difficult time putting behind him.
brooke? >> so as these advertisers, then, are continuing to exit, do we know if he's going to take it a step further than the simple i'm sorry on his show? do we know if he's planning to reach out to her, perhaps? >> reporter: well, in the portion of the show we listened to today, we never heard him mention that he was planning to reach out to her, but that would certainly be a logical next step. although, when she was asked on "the view" whether she would accept him reaching out, she basically said, look, i don't even want to talk to him. >> we'll see where it goes, if anywhere else from here. john zarrella, thank you so much. >> reporter: sure. coming up, penn state's more than 400 delegates up for grabs. he's back in atlanta. wolf blitzer here to talk about how critical these races tomorrow are. stay with me. and two pills. after a morning of walk-ups, it's back to more pain, back to more pills. the evening showings bring more pain and more pills.
political junkies get ready, the stakes are very, very high. super tuesday, voters in ten states going to the polls. more than 400 delegates up for grabs. that's more than a third of the delegates a candidate needs to win in the nomination in one single day. wolf blitzer is here. here's my first question just off the top. any one of these candidates, can they deliver a nknockout blow tomorrow? >> i don't think that will happen. santorum should win in georgi -
gingrich should do well in georgia. santorum and romney are fighting in ohio. it's a toss-up. if santorum doesn't win one state, then he will be in trouble. other than that, i suspect there will be a mixed bag. we'll continue a week from tomorrow with alabama, mississippi, hawaii. we got more contests coming up. >> you're getting ahead of me. i know santorum had momentum. he lost to romney last week. he's working on getting the momentum back, a couple big names. general john ashcroft, eric canter. let's see how cantor responded when asked if his support was lukewarm. >> i disagree with anybody who said there is not energy surrounding mitt romney's campaign. when people take time to look at his economic plan, i think
they'll get excited about it. you already see him gaining momentum. >> gaining momentum. you look at the polls but you also looked at the polls before arizona and michigan. do they really matter? >> the polls matter because it generates fundraising, it kpi excites people, if you will. virginia, i suspect romney is going to get them all. that will be an important win for him in virginia tomorrow. it underscores what romney has and santorum still lacks: organization, financing, that structure, and that's really going to be beneficial to romney right now in this stretch of the race. but it's not over with yet. santorum could do well toemorro, and if he wins ohio, this could keep going and going and going. i was talking to barbara starr about this a moment ago. senator john mccain has officially called on the obama
administration to launch air strikes in syria as the regime there murders its own people. we're seeing 7500 in the last year. i want you to hear what the senator said moments ago on the senate floor. >> at the request of the syrian national council, the free syrian army and local coordinating committees inside the country, the united states should lead an international effort to protect key population centers in syria, especially in the north, through air strikes on assad's forces. to be clear, this will require the united states to suppress enemy air defenses in at least part of the country. the ultimate goal of air strikes should be to establish and defend safe havens in syria, especially in the north in which opposition forces can organize and plan their political and military activities against assad. >> we had heard before, we had heard from senator mccain when
they were in egypt just a little while ago saying, yes, we should be arming the rebels in syria. but now this is taking it to another level on the floor of the senate. huge. >> he's a ranking member of the services committee, so this is big, and we'll see how much support he gets. i assume his usual partners, senator lindsey graham, senator joe lieberman and others will support him. the key is, what are the u.s. capabilities, the nato capabilities? when i interviewed the nato secretary general the other day, he said they were not going to do anything. nato was not involved. i said, is the u.s. and nato allies imminent? you did do a no-drive zone, a blockade. what's the difference between the libyan rebels and the syrian rebels? and he didn't have a really good answer. he just said different situation, different capabilities. but i sspect what senator mccain is saying will resonate
with a lot of folks and we'll see where it goes within the obama administration. my own instinct tells me there is no desire to do it at the pentagon and elsewhere. the u.s. is winding down its activities, as all of us know, in afghanistan, so there is no great desire to start it in syria, but we'll see. >> an election year nonetheless, right? >> right. >> thank you. a hunt for alien life goes public. how you can search for ext extraterrestrial life in the comfort of your own home.
it is a question, perhaps yourself included, people all around the world have been grappling wall around the world here. the question is, are we alone? astronomers have spent the last 50 years listening to radio waves hoping to hear signs of alien life in space. in fact, jodie foster's role in the movie "contact" portrays the life of one such astronomer. foster's character was largely based upon the life and work of alien hunter dr. jill tartar,
but now astronomers in california are asking for your help for the very first time ever. regular folks can help find potential signs of extraterrestrial life, and jill tartar is live with me now. jill, it's nice to meet you. thanks for coming on. we mentioned the telescope array in california, and so we're talking 42 radio dishes or ears to pick up signals. tell me what exactly you're listening for. >> we're listening for radio signals that are compressed in frequency, that have a character that nature doesn't produce. so that they would be obviously engineered signals. >> so the news hook, i guess, here is that we're talking about the study live, you're now enlisting the help of regular folks, citizen scientists to help you look for signs of extraterrestrial life. can just anyone sign up for this, and how does this work?
>> anyone can sign up, and what we're trying to do is send a little bit of the data that we searched through out of the telescope. we're sending data at frequency regions where there are so many, many signals that are auour aut search system gets confused. we're hoping they're such regular pattern system devices that they can look and see our own signals, radiofrequency interference, but maybe, maybe peer through that and see some residual that might be coming from someone else's technology, and then we want to follow up on that immediately. in the past, we've just ignored these bands because they're so difficult to work through. we're hoping that humans can help us do the job. >> we just pulled up the web site. if people want to go it's studylive.org. have any citizens found anything yet? >> well, yes. in fact, we had a soft launch of this program last week during the ted conference, and there have been thousands of people
who have signed up and hundreds of thousands of signals that have been marked or classified. the tools right now are pretty primitive, because we don't know how humans are going to interact with them, we didn't know the best tools to build. so we're asking people who sign up to tell us, what would you like to have? what would you think would be a good tool for you to describe to us the kinds of signals that you're seeing, the ones that you think are interference and the ones that you think might actually be an extraterrestrial signal? >> the real deal. you've spent your entire life. you've dedicated your career to this. why is this so important to you, jill tartar, and what makes you think there actually is life out there? >> the reason that it's important to me is the same reason that it's important to get humans involved actively in the search. because if you participate with us, if you think about this question of intelligent life somewhere else, it actually forces you to step back and look at a larger perspective than you
usually do. it forces you to think about the fact that you are an earthling on one planet in a galaxy of hundreds of billions of stars and hundreds and billions of galaxys in the universe. and so, actually, you are exactly the same as all other ear earthlings on this planet when compared to someone else out there. and so the difficulties that we find with perceived differences among humans can be trivialized in this perspective. maybe we can do something to change the world. we can do it by finding a signal, we can do it by changing people's perspective. >> we shall see. perhaps someone watching will log on and find something. jill tartar, we appreciate you coming on. thank you. >> thank you. and after five years on hiatus, the rock band essence is back in a big way. music monday after this quick break. is this what we're doing now?
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big way. their song number one on the billboard charts. we give you evanescence. [ applause ] ♪ >> it's about the music for us first and foremost, and the fans. their support and their deep connection to our music is constantly inspiring and humbling to me because i feel like it's not really about me or us, it's something bigger. it's the power of music. there is nothing like a whole room full of music all moving in the exact same way and feeling the same thing at once. it's incredibly powerful. >> it's great to be back. it's been way too long. [ applause ] >> thank you guys so much. i can't believe it, a sold out show after all these years. what can i say?
you guys rock. >> this is me falling back in love with evanescence and coming back to it after a long time away. >> this album comes from a really organic place because it was, you know, just old school like a band used to do. like all of us in a room together making music, and that's kind of fun, i guess. that's kind of what really brought us back, i think, to having a good time with it, reminding everybody why we started playing in the first place. ♪ >> for me, writing is the one place where it's not even totally up to me, i feel like. like, i can't lie. i just start feeling stuff subconsciously that i maybe didn't even realize about myself or my life that i may need to work on. and i'm like, wow, i guess i'm struggling with this situation because it's coming out of my mouth. no, really, no matter what, there is no boundaries for it.
i'm going to spill my guts in our songs. ♪ >> what we love about fans and music is hearing a real person with songs coming out of someone's heart. it's like a real person you're getting to know to some degree, besides something really simple and it's like, hey, i know you're going to want to buy this and i'm doing it just like the book says to do. i read here someone's real soul with all its little imperfections. ♪ >> the last song we wrote i've
been really proud of. you always feel like the last one you wrote was the strongest one from that album. it's got kind of a simple backbone in a lot of ways, so it's easy to sing along to. we started in new york. i like it because we started out really simple, but that's why it's so great. a lot of rock songs are simple and great. i get inspired right away and i sat down at the piano and we wrote the whole song pretty quickly, within a day or two. ♪ >> it brings something unique to the table. our strengths are all