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killer storm. the midwest braces for a second round. the first round more than 100 possible tornado touchdowns. >> oh, wow. >> we're right on the edge of it, guys, right on the edge of it. >> cnn meteorologist roar marciano also caught in the middle of the action. >> tornado just dropped out of the clouds. this has had a history of producing clouds south and west up here. >> don on camera two. >> think like a man, really. >> how do you rate women so well? >> i think of a man, and i take away reason and accountability. >> women, the rage this week. outrage, too. how are men reacting? >> silent as usual. >> yes, dear. >> camera three, don. >> and speaking of women -- ♪ i'm every woman >> one-on-one with music legend chaka khan but she's got more than music on her mind. the news you need to know right
now on cnn. >> stand by and take it. good evening, everyone. i'm don lemon. thank you so much for joining us. tonight, millions of people throughout the midwest are battened down as a wicked storm system threatens to unleash more deadly tornadoes on the region. new pictures in to cnn tonight showing just one of the massive twisters that touched down. about 140 possible tornadoes had been reported since this outbreak began on friday, and our own meteorologist rob marciano, getting way too close for comfort to not one but two tornadoes near cherokee, oklahoma. most of the tornadoes hit kansas, but parts of nebraska, oklahoma and iowa are in rubble as well. there are still tornado watches posted from arkansas to wisconsin, and it seems the threat is beginning to diminish, but for many the damage is already done. the most impacted community is woodward, oklahoma. five deaths are blamed on the storm outbreak, all in woodward. they include a father and his two children, two young children who died inside their mobile home. two others died in a car.
the mayor of woodward says the storms knocked out part of the emergency siren systems. some said they had seconds to act and in the middle of death and destruction our rob marciano found amazing stories of survival. rob? >> reporter: it's been 65 years since the big one hit woodward, oklahoma. in 1967100 people died in a twitter and charles remembers it all. >> i was 10 years old and i steen when it wiped out the whole town. >> reporter: this latest tornado hit his home, blasting into the living room and blowing off the roof and ripping the house inside out. look how the tornado actually shoved the house off its foundation. it's tilted by a good 20, maybe 30 degrees. last night when the storm hit mr. hogan and his life got a warning, came out inside the backyard, why? there's a valuable commodity out here, a storm cellar heavily
fortified and pretty he have toe open up. he and his wife got down there. that door is heavy. you're a strong man? >> you just do it. >> reporter: paul's family didn't have a storm cellar or any basement, and now they are lucky to have their lives. the tornado threw paul out of house and on to the street. >> and i was laying down there on the curb, and i looked up and saw the house gone. i didn't know what to do, and then neighbors come in and start pulling bricks off and tilting walls up. everybody started coming out. >> reporter: what kind of injuries did you sustain? >> i got a big gash on the side of the head with a flap laid over and laid open, and they stitched that back up. >> reporter: his grandson had deep cuts, too, after getting buried under appliances. >> that's about where the bathroom is at, and that's where he was underneath the tub and had the washer and dryer on top
of it. >> reporter: he drove himself and his bleeding grandson to the hospital. his wounds bandaged now but still stunned, the lords are getting a helping hand with the cleanup, but searching for keepsakes and sentimental items are a low priority. what specifically are things that you want to find in this rubble? >> i found it. my son, my daughter, son-in-law, my grand babies, my wife, everybody else -- >> reporter: rob woodwajoins us from woodward. rob, we were marveling at you at that picture standing there between two tornadoes. what was going on at the moment, rob? >> actually that cell was one of the three that came through. woodward had quite a day yesterday. they had three separate storm cells that were tornado warned. we chased two of them, and the
one -- the picture that you were speaking of was dropping continue dose up and down oklahoma and eventually went into kansas and went south of wichita, kansas, and when we caught up to it, it was a huge mesocyclone and dropped a funnel down on one side and then a forward one. certainly an adrenaline rush in there. at that point it's in the middle of grassy areas doing no harm to anybody. residents came out to view that spectacular site so there's, you know, a ying and yang certainly with this type of weather. the people out here are tornado tough though. they do admire the beauty of these storms, but they know the danger as well, so a remarkable couple of days here, and obviously the threat continues tonight a little bit farther east, and the cleanup will continue tomorrow in the days and weeks and months ahead here in woodward. >> rob marciano, great reporting. glad that you are save. thanks again to rob marrediano.
>> many areas not out of the woods just yet and i want to bring in our meteorologist jacqui jeras. which areas need to be on the lookout right now? >> more than 1,000 miles of real estate from wisconsin stretching down into arkansas where the red boxes are. that means the tornadoes are still possible in this area and at greatest risk, i think, who has a chance of still seeing tornadoes in the next few hours. southeastern minnesota into western parts of wisconsin. this line has a history of producing a lot of lightning and some hail with it but no warnings at this time, but stay alert, and then we're also trekking from st. louis stretching down just to the east of little rock h.about a dozen tornado reports today, but little to no damage, so that's the good news so far. so a big area for a slight risk overnight from houston stretching up over towards chicago and the storm system advances eastward for tomorrow, and we'll be looking at places like buffalo, new york, into pittsburgh, pennsylvania.
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after she said mitt romney's wife ann hadn't worked a day in her life everyone knew her but we wonder if anyone heard what rosen had to say that, am romney has never had to struggle with the kinds of issues such as how to feed their children and then go to school and go to work all on a tight paycheck so i asked our cnn contributors for their thought. >> i thi she would have offended a smaller group of women, wealthy women because that's what she's saying. it's wealthy women not the ones to speak on the economy. that's the ones that should shut their mouths and that's what she is saying and we should forgive her. go one of two ways in my opinion. you can say housewives should not speak on the economy. for that matter rich women, women that work, should not speak on the economy. men that work should not speak on the economy and men that stay at home, they should not speak on the economy either because no one really understands what 300
million people are doing every second of the day in what we call the economy, even the smartest economist take that tack, no one really knows what's going on or you can say everyone that participates in the economy has a strong voice and should participate in giving sound economic advice. that's a little touchy feely for me but a with a you can't do is say this person is sanctioned and this person is valid and this person is invalid and this person should keep their mouth shut. you can't say who you want to hear from and who you don't when it comes to economic advice. >> l.sz. >> i saw the interview when it happened the first time, and i will admit when she made that first statement i was like whoa and i kind of missed the latter part because it was shocking to hear but the thing that will is mission and a lot of other people are watching is if you watched the entire interview, prior to that moment they were talking about how mitt romney was using his wife as a touchstone about what women feel about in today's economy and
what hillary was doing was bringing up to the fact that, you know, she didn't use the right words, let's just get that out there. she should have said ann romney had never worked outside of the house a day in the life. that's what she really meant and didn't say that, but by clarifying that and letting people knowing she's never worked outside of the house what she's saying is mitt romney's touchstone, what she's using as his barometer to understand women isn't authentic because she's never had that experience. she's had a different experience and 60% of the women in the country work outside of the home and ann romney was not part that have 60% so the touchstone mitt romney is leaning on isn't part of the 60% and here's what hillary is talking about. >> so -- >> is this a creation of political media types? i've been asking that because quite honestly i haven't heard that many women talking about it. i haven't heard any. i'm sure some women are talking about it everywhere, when i talked to my mom and sisters and women i'm friendly about, none
are saying i can't believe what hillary rosen is saying about. most people are not saying. most people are saying i'm worried about losing my job next week. they are downsizing this. no one is talking about this except for media and political types. we checked some of the responses from cnn.com and this is what darlene said. let me start by saying i was a stay-at-home mom. i just wonder if rich people understand how hard we work just to survive. did they ever run out of food on wednesday and pay day was friday? not to give any credence to what hillary rosen said, but there is certainly some truth to that. if you're wealthy, you can afford five, ten, 15 nannies. some people don't have that choice, will. i think that was the distinction and most women understood that distinction. >> yeah, but what mitt romney was saying is he talks to his wife about women and economic issues, and what lz has done and your two e-mailers has done is doubled down on the idea, no, no, no, what we didn't -- we didn't mean to offend women who stay at home, that's work. what we meant to offend is
wealthy women. this is the thing, don, and this is why you matters. may not hear people talking about hillary rosen because they don't know who she is. this is a tactic of divide and pander. divide us on class and divide us on one versus 99 and seniors versus those under 55 who don't get medicare and divide us on gender and start dividing us so many ways you're going to get the internal firing and crossfire and you did finally with hillary. you got crossfire between women and now you want to say it's just about wealthy women, that doesn't make it any better to me. >> make sure you catch will and l.z.with me every sunday night at 6:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. a new scandal rocks washington's spending agency. the gsa. house republicans are opening hearings. that report right after a break.
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this is kind of your primer on what you need to know, the big stories in the week ahead from the white house to wall street. our correspondents tell you everything to begin the week. we'll start with the president's plans for the week. >> reporter: i'm athena jones. president obama travels to cleveland this week for a speech on the economy and to michigan to attend campaign event. he'll also host a nascar event with sprint cup winner tony stewart and will welcome the wounded warrior projects soldier bike ride to the white house. >> i'm poppy haarlow. wall street kicks off with a bang. tons of corporate earnings coming up.
the latest numbers from citigroup, goldman sachs, morgan stanley, coca-cola, yahoo! moost and mcdonald's, just to name a few and on the economic front the latest retail sales report is due out as well as existing home sales which make up 90% of the housing market so investors will be watching that report very closely. we'll track it all for you on cnn money. >> i'm "showbiz tonight" initial turn -- initial turner. xhont joins us and vinny from "the jersey shore" joins us with his new book. >> on to the news now, a normally obscure federal agency has exploded into the headlines with tales of las vegas training, skits, clowns, even mind readers. revelations surrounding the gsa has put a spotlight on wasteful spending and congressional hearings get under way on monday. our dana bash shows how the committee chairman is preparing
for those hearings. sorry for that bit of technical issue right there. we'll get back to that during this broadcast. oh, we have it. roll it. >> reporter: excessive spending at the gsa. the agency that's supposed to look out for taxpayer dollars held a lavish 2010 conference awarding videos like this ♪ buy everything others can't afford ♪ >> reporter: what is your primary goal? >> our primary goal is to make sure that doesn't happen again. what happens is an ig does their job and someone is held accountable but the culture doesn't change. >> reporter: martha johnson was questioned 11 months ago about over-the-top spending and darrell issa wants to know why the administration sat on the information. >> when you're a political
appointee, you're there for two reasons. one is you have the confidence of the president to execute and second you're the eyes and ears of the president through the process. we want it know where that process failed. >> reporter: issa invited us from the public hearing room. >> got to see some people that don't get overtime. >> reporter: to the committee's private offices for an exclusive look at weekend prep. >> these are just some of the men and women that are working on a sunday. >> reporter: issa aides praised the gsa and inspector general. >> a very efficient investigation by compare season to the ones in which the administration is fighting us. >> reporter: but why not question past administrations, excess gsa spending in the bush years? issa insisted he'll get to that, but for now -- >> remember, this president ran saying he was going to make changes. the question is was he well served by his political appointees when they were ordered to go in and make this -- these cultural changes, and if they didn't make it, is it because they didn't listen to the president or because he didn't really mean it? >> reporter: yet for all its criticism of the obama administration, why did issa, who took over the powerful
oversight committee vowing to expose government waste, rely on the inspector general to find it? were you asleep at the switch here? >> well, we're never feeling like we're doing enough. we have 120 people between the majority and minority on this committee. the g is 12,000 people. >> reporter: and they found more gsa excess. issa showed us a commemorative coin from that las vegas conference. >> 6,300 on 300 of these in develop set boxes. >> reporter: taxpayer dollars and a souvenir book. >> just to have something to remember it by $8,000. >> reporter: administration sources point out that eight top gsa officials have been reprimanded. in fact, three of the gsa witnesses invited to monday's hearing are no longer in their jobs. to that issa responded, quote, too little too late. dana bash, cnn, washington. >> dana, thank you very much. the right speaks out. they have called me and this network liberal, a show for
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conversations that you have at home with your family or with your friends, but you don't necessarily see them on television. case in point, a discussion we had last saturday night. when i said that word, and i'm going to say it again, the "n" word, i just -- i hate saying the "n" word. i think it takes the value out of what that word really means, especially when we're reporting it, and i don't care what color the reporter is. that should say that person should call someone nigger no matter what their color because it sanitizes it. >> an anchor at cnn. >> he's an african-american which is an important distinction? he's a reporter. no, he's a reporter, and what reporters do is they report the news, and every time you make it the "n" word, it's cute. >> right. it's like the "n" word, but, see, i feel very strongly about the word. do not eliminate it. it's part of our history.
and every time people try to sort of make it sound better or more acceptable, lets call it what it is. >> there's a cnn anchor, guy's name is don lemon. i don't know if i want to air the sound bite. you're making the case that it's appropriate to say "n" word, unquote, just go ahead and use the "n" word. >> don lemon says he doesn't support it in music and casually but in terms of what someone said. those are two different things. i think you've got a point there. >> that brings us to tonight's no talking points. >> all right. here we go. the "n" word, the so-called liberal media and the trayvon martin coverage. conservative dana lash is here from big journalism and a cnn contributor and conservative noel shepherd, associate editor from newsbusters. let's go for it here. here's what you wrote after you heard me.
a cnn host is advocating the previously offensive term be used in all reports rather than the politically correct one. with racial tensions being begined up by irresponsible so-called journalists, the "n" word suddenly sanitizes what that word says, what that word really means. as newsbusters asked hours ago, can the "n" word now be used on cnn if it dramatizes racism? lemon certainly things so. all right. noel. you have written before that the media is trying to help the president by constantly bringing up race. come on. >> yes, sir. >> isn't that a stretch. >> no, i don't think so at all, and let's remember that even former president bill clinton in 2008 felt that the media conceivably was using the race card against his wife when she was running against obama. i don't think that's a stretch at all. let's also remind your viewers that what occurred about 18 hours after you made that statement on saturday evening, on sunday in the middle of easter sunday at 2:30 eastern time right in the afternoon of
easter sunday national correspondent for cnn susan candiotti not only said the "n" word specifically but she also said the "f" word specifically prior. so it seemed a little bit peculiar to me and i think, don, it seemed peculiar to a number of folks that suddenly cnn seems to be saying it's acceptable to use this when in the media for, what, a decade, a couple of decades, we weren't allowed to say that word, so why suddenly is it acceptable? >> here's the thing, noel. i'm not here to criticize or defend my colleague, what she said was separate and apart and that's her own business. >> appreciate that. >> but my point was -- my point was more about political correctness run amuck which has been the cornerstone of conservatism and you wrote this in 2010 when a kentucky fried chicken ad was pulled in australia because of charges of racism. my point was more about precht
y -- political correctness run amuck. for our pc police to now be enforcing its ignorant parameters -- >> it should be okay when you do it and not i do it? >> we're in a different environment now. this is 2012. this is an election year, and the nation is on the precipice of conceivably a very, very serious racial tension or maybe even -- heck, maybe even a race war as a result of the trayvon martin shooting, as a result of the shootings in tulsa, oklahoma, and where in election year where the first black president is looking for re-election i like having this discussion, don. i like it tremendously. i'm not sure right now seven months before an election and in the midst of all of this racial strife as a result of trayvon martin, the tulsa shootings, i'm not sure this is the right time. i think maybe we wait until after the election. maybe we wait until after the
trial is done and we know what the net result is from florida. i'm not sure it's the right time now. >> it's interesting. it sounds like what you're saying we should pick and choose the topics rather than let the news dictate what the topics are. i have to say a race war, i think that's a bit overblown. i don't think we're on the verge of any race war here. i think we're beyond that in the united states. i think we're beyond that. >> i saw michael eric tyson. >> dyson. >> dyson on "face the nation" today with bob schieffer, and he was saying that if zimmerman is found innocent, there's going to be a lot -- a lot of problems. there's going to be a lot of uprisings so it's not just me saying that this is possible, don. >> i don't think anyone is saying there's going to be a race war. >> i hope not. >> and we need it to others to figure out whether zimmerman is guilty or innocent. that's up to the courts >> i want to chime in on that, don, because i think oddly enough you and i may kind of
agree on something here, if i can elaborate. >> yes. >> i'm kind of a free speech purist myself and i really believe if people want to fly their freak flag go ahead and fly it and let society judge whether or not you want something to do anything to do with that person. the "n" word is gross and disgusting and turns my stomach. i've seen a lot of rhetoric that comes from the left on the war on women, when i see women like sarah palin or michele bachmann or lieutenant governor rebecca clayfish called a see you next tuesday by a liberal radio talk host or by people on hbo and so on and so forth so it's kind of similar to that and i look at it when i see that word used as conservative women. i don't want it censored because i want society to feel the full sting that have word that's being used to describe women simply because they have a different political ideology than the people using the words to describe them. >> dana, listen, i'd love having this conversation with
conservatives, and i think there is -- i am a free speech person as well, but i think that everything is about context and what i said was in the reporting of a story, and if it was -- >> i'm not disputing that at all. i'm actually kind of agreeing that with you, the full sting of a word. >> if you're not a journalist or talk show host you shouldn't be saying that word freely purely in the reporting of a story. you're saying all of a sudden cnn is advocating the use of the word, i used it talking about rick perry's hunting camp. >> play it for me. tonight governor rick perry of texas is having to respond to his association with the most poisonous word in the english language. it's not the first time i'll say it before. i believe in the context of a story you should be able to use it. >> right. >> it's not because rick perry
is a republican it's because he had a camp with that name on it and i don't say how saying that is beginning up racism to help president obama. >> and i'm going to agree on one person. the person who own the land that rick perry leased, because it's kind of an old story, i think the person who owned the land that rick perry lease that had actually had that word inscribed on the rock that the perry family painted over. it sickens me just like it sickens me when i hear some of the rhetoric used to describe conservative women. if you're reporting it in the context of a story, you want people to know what's being said, just like i want people to know. >> by the way, don, i have to say i just got the acronym see you next tuesday. that was going beyond me. >> i want to talk to something about something else. you're a contributor editor for andrew bright bart's big journalism website. you wrote don lemon couldn't
criticize spike lee for tweeting out the wrong address. here's the clip. >> the bigger question maybe here, even if that information was true, why you y would you send it out, why would you re-tweet it? >> yeah, yeah. all right. >> it's someone's address. >> yeah, i know, i know, i know. let's move on now. >> in order to get myself -- not to get in trouble on television, i was so disgusted by spike lee what he did, i couldn't find the words appropriate for tv. i think most people got that. in other reports i called his actions disgusting. why didn't anyone from your side contact me, and i'm saying this on behalf of other journalists who find themselves the victims of things like this. why didn't you contact me for fair, is that really big journalism? >> you'd have to ask john nolte that, my colleague over at bright bart.com and he was the one who wrote that piece. i just read it the other day, no offense to john who may be watching, because there's so many editors, actually just read that the other day.
maybe that didn't come across that you had condemned it earlier or something like that, but i think we can all agree that spike lee something done something like that is pretty nasty, and i'm glad to hear that -- again, we're agreeing. totally agreeing with us that it was pretty classless for him to do that. >> wow. why can't we all just get along. >> i'm converting you, it's happening. >> dana, seriously. my twitter feed is going crazy. people are saying it's a great conversation to have. thank you all. we don't have to agree and we don't have to castigate each other just because we don't agree. thank you, guys. >> thank you for having us. >> thank you. here's tonight's no talking points point. we go back and forth on twitter. i don't hate them because they are conservatives and don't judge them for it either. what i do find disturbing quite honestly is they and others like them, and even some democrats assume, that because this network doesn't side with
political parties that that automatically makes it quote a liberal network. i work here. nothing could be further from the truth, and what i also find personally disturbing is that the same people assume i'm liberal or a shill for president obama or for democrats just because i'm on cnn or because i'm african-american or because i don't publicly wear my political affiliation on my sleeve. we all know what they say about assuming. makes a you know what out of you and me. in this case it's also short sighted and in itself profiling, and that's tonight's no talking points. here he is. this man wants to become a male cheerleader and dancer for an nfl team, and we'll tell you which team and talk to him live next. here's one story. pain doesn't have much of a place in my life. i checked the schedule and it's not on it. [ laughs ] you never know when advil® is needed. well most people only know one side of my life. they see me on stage and they think that that is who i am.
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can show out and try out. we do everything based on dance ability. when i dance i lose myself. i used to have a sign job where i held a sign on the street corner and i would do so many dance routines for people? what are your thoughts on male cheerleaders in the nfl? >> i think it's awesome. whatever you want to do. pursue your dreams. that's what i'm doing. >> i trust that the judges will pick the best members for the team, and, you know, if they want to come and try out, i think they absolutely should. >> that was amazing. it was great. i messed up a few times, but, hey, it was worth the experience. >> if your number is not called, thank you for coming. >> so did sasha make the cut? there he is. he joins us live next. omnipotent of opportunity. you know how to mix business... with business. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choose any car in the aisle. and go. you can even take a full-size or above.
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>> all right. an elite few get to be a denver broncos cheerleader, and up until today only women tried out to be a denver broncos cheerleader. that changed when sasha took a shot at it. sasha, you are very brave to come on tonight. you tried out today for the squad so how did you do? >> well, i didn't make the cut, but let me tell you these girls are really good at what they do. i mean, they have been dancing since they were 3 years old and they are so professional. i mean, i have the energy, but the whole structure of the moves and stuff, that really takes something. >> so you're not disappointed then that you didn't make it?
>> i'm not disappointed because i didn't try out to become a broncos cheerleader. i really took this on as a project to really get that -- prove a point to my students that, you know, you can accomplish your dreams. you can -- don't be afraid to express yourself and go after the things you want and just, youno, to keep trying and never give up and that's what i really did here and it was my point of doing it. >> if you had made it, what would you have done? >> if i was what -- >> if you had made, it what would you have done, if you had made the squad? >> i would have danced my life away, man. i love dancing, lose myself to the music. i told you i had a part-time job dancing on the street corner with my sign job. it's so much fun and madonna, she's my girl. i love madonna.
>> let's just be clear. in our culture the way people see men and women and masculinity and femininity and all that and see you dancing, you're a good sport because we talked about it. going to play the will farrell spartans cheerleading thing and you said go ahead, have fun with me. you're not embarrassed at all by what people say and i'm sure people said things to you and what people said to you about your sexuality or about your masculinity or anything like that? >> no, man. people can say what they want and this is the lesson i'm sending out there for the kids. no matter what people say, go out and be yourself. just have fun. 100%, man. doesn't matter what people say. >> you didn't make it because you weren't good enough, right, sacha? >> i just didn't make it, because, you know, i haven't been dancing since i was 3 years old like the other girls out there. those girls, that's their life, you know, yeah, but i love the
broncos, you know. >> are you going to try out for another team? >> i'm -- i'm going to go to the dallas cowboys next. you guys, get ready for me. i'm on my way. i'm booking my ticket tomorrow. >> sacha, good luck. you're a good sport. thank you. >> thank you. hey, one last thing, denver broncos all the way. the best team in the nation, baby. >> all right, sacha. thank you very much. we're going to get back to our top story now on cnn. storms still a threat in the midwest. our meteorologist jacqui jeras has the very latest for you next. gravitational pull and hurtle us all into space. which would render retirement planning unnecessary. but say the sun rises on december 22nd, and you still need to retire. td ameritrade's investment consultants can help you build a plan that fits your life. we'll even throw in up to $600 when you open a new account or roll over an old 401(k). so who's in control now, mayans?
destruction all across the midwest. jacqui jeras, we've been following here since last night. it was our break news all day. what do we need to be on the lookout? what's the lateest? >> day three of that event and day four tomorrow, and the good news is the threat is really diminishing tonight. look at this. just a sliver of our tornado watches left from wisconsin stretching down into parts of arkansas. so as you go to bed tonight, things are going to be looking better. just a slight risk then from the u.p. of michigan stretching down towards the gulf coast, and i think our best chance of severe weather is going to fire up once again for tomorrow as our storm system heads eastward and this is the risk area here in the
eastern great lakes. it includes you in buffalo and includes you over towards cleveland and into pittsburgh, pennsylvania, and the risk that we're talking about more likely to see wind damage i think the tornadoes are going to be few and far between, and one other note is that we have non-thunderstorm wind gusts that have just been incredible with the system across the plains, so it will be very windy across the east today and we'll end it on a good note by saying the strong winds will bring very warm temperatures across the east. talking upper 80s to near 90 degrees in places like new york city and boston tomorrow afternoon. >> jackie squarias, thank you very much. take a listen to this ♪ what you going to do for me ♪ what you going to do for me >> legendary singer chaka khan has much more than music on her mind, and i had a one-on-one interview with her right after the break, but first. when the mortgage bubble exploded and american home values fell under water, it triggered an economic crisis, so
how can we prevent that from happening again? cnn's ali velshi has this week's mastering your money. >> this is your new book. i can't believe it. you're telling that is we should innovate more in terms of finance. one of the things that you recommend, and the great thing about the book is you have very, very specific ideas, some of which seem attainable and some seem like pie in the sky. one of them, my producers refers to as a pre-nup for mortgages. yeah. tell me what you're talking about. >> well, right now, we have over 11 million americans who are underwater on their mortgage. the home price fell, their mortgage balance didn't fall, so they are ruined, right, and that's part of our -- major part of our crisis and they don't spend when they are in that state. that didn't have to happen. we want to give them workouts now, but we don't have an arrangement. >> the workout is seeing if the bank would make a deal for the
money that they are out. >> but it's not happening very much, and i think if we want that to happen, the thing to think about now is let's plan for it now for the next time. >> which is why we think about it as a pre-nup. >> give an example. >> if a husband and wife go into a bank, go into a house and want to apply for a mortgage, basically it's an insurance product that they would buy that says in the event that you finish a sentence, how does it work? >> well, i think it might be tied both to home prices and the economy, the unemployment rate, so if home prices fall, we will reduce your mortgage balance automatically to keep you in positive territory. >> so it -- there would be a trigger point, if the value drops below a certain point you then get a reset on your mortgage. bob, thank you. i'm ali velshi with this week's "mastering your money." calendar, on december 21st polar shifts will reverse the earth's gravitational pull and hurtle us all into space.
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even if you don't know her music, you know her name. of course you know her music. who doesn't know chaka khan. chaka khan. some day she's going to be in the rock 'n' roll hall of fame, but music alone can't define her. at a recent concert in atlanta to raise money for public tv, she talked about subjects that really move her. take a listen. ♪ >> my favorite song is "tomas" on the album.
miles davis, mostly horn players, mostly jazz horn players like miles. i don't have an ipod. i have some cds, cassettes still even. mostly of like miles davis, you know, sarah, joanie. ♪ what you going to do >> we have a couple of initiatives, educational initiative where we are educating like fifth to eighth graders graders. about 150 to 200 kids from schools that are in rough neighborhoods. bring them out of the neighborhood and take them to college in california and get them tutoring two or three times a week by the student at the college. we're also doing an internship where it's called the super life initiative where we are helping a lot of women and children and
people in new orleans, post-katrina victims, helping them to get jobs, helping them and assisting them in any way that we can and, of course, we're always looking for a cure for autism. i have a nephew, my sister's son. his name is talon and he was diagnosed at about the age of 3, and i looked at them as really indigo children, as like the man of the future in a sense. but we have to get ahold of, you know, how society is going to deal with these children and how they are going to deal with us. >> i'm trayvon and i'm chaka. another one of our children has yet been killed. ♪ we've got to find a way
and then i got mad about all the other babies who have been killed or gone missing, and we don't hear anything about it, and now i'm on sort of a mission to legislate. any time a child is missing or killed, that drastic and amazing action is taken. there's no reason for it. it begets great things and this is what i'm expecting to happen, because of the tragic loss of this baby that other babies are safer. no matter what they have on. >> chaka khan thank you, and to my fabulous producer, really appreciate it. nice work and thank you so much for joining us tonight. great time and great conversation. i'm don lemon at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. see you back here next weekend. have a great week.