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confidence back, communicate differently. they venture out and begin to participate in life again. being able to help them find that joy back in their life, it's priceless. that joy back in their life. it's priceless. from cnn world headquarters in atlanta this is "early start weekend." >> there's something missing. the fbi does not as a matter of routine look into the affairs of cia officers. >> has taken down a four-star general. but daved petraeus' resignation may be the tip of a bigger secret. the new majority. the women's choice. battling over voting rights. tuesday morning taught new lessons and we'll put what we learned in focus. >> they should be held
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accountable over their. >> who is to blame for the loss of power that has now gone on for nearly two weeks? it is saturday, november 10th, good morning, >> i'm victor blackwell. >> we start with the shocking revelation from general david petraeus. he resigned from his post citing an extra marital affair but a hard pill for the president to swallow. >> i was told that general petraeus submitted this letter of resignation yesterday and that obama agonized over this for the last 24 hours. did not want to sign it, did not want to accept it but petraeus urged him. >> he got the letter a day ago and the president didn't want to accept it? >> he admitted to offer his resignation and the president
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reluctantly accepted it on friday. petraeus offered this statement shortly afterwards. after being married for 37 years i showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extra marital affair. such behavior is unacceptable both as a husband and as a leader of an organization such as ours. >> he seemed beyond reproach. he worked incredibly hard and was incredibly competent. dianne feinstein called his resignation tragic. i think it's a real loss to the country. >> the cia will now be run by michael morell who has been deputy director since may of 2010. >> the general's affair was uncovered during an investigation by the fbi. as author ronald kessler described on cnn's "piers morgan tonight." >> a reference to something going on under a desk, well, it actually meant he was having sex with her under the desk, but the
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fbi thought it might refer to corruption. in other words, doing something under the table. and that's how this investigation started. the fbi then went back and traced all of his e-mails and ascertained that he was having this affair with this woman and, of course, that is a total violation of top secret security rules. >> the tip the fbi was acting on involved a rumored affair with petraeus' biography paula. she wrote the book "all in, the education of general petraeus." cnn has not been able to reach broadwell for comment and it's not clear whether he has admitted to having an affair with that led to his resignation. petraeus did not name the woman he was having the affair with.
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that fbi investigation is being questioned now. the fbi wasn't investigating general putras for any wrongdoing, instead seeing if he was vulnerable to blackmail and that could compromise security. even those reasons don't sit well with some. >> but the idea that the fbi is investigating the cia director for an extra marital affair is just extraordinary. i have never seen it happen and it smacks of george orwell. more to do than with sex. there is something going on here, which i explain and i think we're going to find out very soon. >> this also raised questions regarding the role of the white house and the timing of this announcement. >> this is the key question right now in front of everybody. how extraordinary would it be that you have this type of fbi investigation into your cia director and the president is not informed about it? this seems to really big belief at the moment. the word is circulating that the president was not aware that, you know, only once petraeus
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came to him, but it really seems to be believed that someone in the white house didn't know that the fbi didn't inform the white house in some fashion. >> we'll investigate that, plus, examine the career and influence of general david petraeus. all of that is coming up a little later in the show. other news we're following, the presidential election may be history for the rest of the election but that is not the case in florida where the ballots are, believe it or not, still being counted. cnn has not projected the winner, but president obama with a 63,000 vote edge out of 8 million cast. counties have until noon today to submit unofficial results to the secretary of state. the story is different in california where house democrats picked up another seat after congresswoman mary bono conceded to her challenger raul ruiz. and across the country, voting rights were a concern for
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some, for a lot of people, actually. new laws, confusion and voting machine shortages had some wa h watchdogs crying foul. now, despite the criticisms, the supreme court will hear a challenge to the voting rights act. a law seen as the federal government's most powerful tool in protecting minority rights at the polls. the plaintiff one alabama county said the fed should not subject some states to stricter standards than others. oral arguments will be held next year with the ruling expected in june. and after the one-two punch of superstorm sandy and a nor'easter, hundreds of thousands remain without power in the northeast, including an estimated 150,000 customers in three long island counties. new york governor andrew cuomo offering a stinging critique of the the utily company involved. >> we gave them a franchise because they represented themselves as experts at doing this and they failed. they should be held accountable
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for their failure. in the meantime, they should be doing everything humanly possible to improve their performance and get these people out of the pain and the suffering that they've been subjected to. >> and president obama will head to new york this thursday to tour the areas impacted by sandy. in fact, some people could be without power until christmas, but lack of power isn't the only problem the sandy victims are dealing with, also long gas lines, limited access to resources and low temperatures from the nor'easter that hit the region. joining me by phone now, a resident of oceanside new york and the father of our intern, emily, it turns out. howard, good morning. tell us, what is the scone there in oceanside? >> well, good morning, randi. first of all, i want to thank you for having me on and allowing me to speak from my community. to answer your question on what it is like in oceanside. it's like being ignored and abandoned a little. we still have no power on my
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block. that means no heat, no hot water. everyone on our block lost at least everything on the first floor of our homes. the garbage and contents of our homes are piled high in front of everyone's home and there has been no garbage truck or garbage pick up on my block for over 12 days before the storm. as i said, every car on the block has been destroyed and most still on the street, they're trash, as well. not seeing any police or fema and really no one to help restore our power. >> nobody has come by to check on all of you and check on the community there? >> no, it's in short, oceanside really looks like a war zone. and we see lots of trucks on the main road heading to long beach and certainly they've been devastated, as well. but oceanside seems like the community that's kind of been left to its own devices and has been ignored and disregarded
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until now. >> how are you and your neighbors coping? >> well, we're working together in trying to survive basically watching out for each other. guarding and keeping an eye out for each other's homes and property. we have not really gotten any communication about when or how power will be restored and that just makes matters worse. >> as i said just a moment ago, power for some might not get back on until christmas. what will you dountil then? >> that's a great question. there are people that are staying in hotels. it's gotten very cold. at night it gets very dark and spooky and kind of like a ghost town. people are staying with neighbors and hotels. we stayed at a hotel at first, but it was 50 miles away and with the gas situation, that was just adding insult to injury. >> a lot of people don't want to leave their homes, as well, right? >> well, because we haven't seen really much protection and,
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obviously, there are people that are roaming up and down the block kind of going through our garbage, which was two weeks ago. you know, our stuff, our belongings, our treasured belonging kids old toys and it's all out there on our lawns piled up. great to have it cleaned up and get sanitation trucks through. >> i'm sure. such a difficult situation for so many. thank you for sharing your story. we'll continue to check on you. >> thank you very much, randi. could president obama's victory in battleground states like virginia indicate the end of the tea party. our political analyst will join me to explain why he thinks so. o work hard for a better future. since ameriprise financial was founded back in 1894, they've been committed to putting clients first. helping generations through tough times. good times. never taking a bailout. there when you need them. helping millions of americans over the centuries.
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good to have you with us. >> thank you. >> you describe tuesday night's loss as gop-ocalypse and you watched this from qatar. >> it was amazing how invested the rest of the world really is and how our election really works. everyone was informed. when the final results came through and i'm standing in a room with qataris and standing in a room with people new zealands and kind of like a slow clap. thank god. there was a level of relief almost. it wasn't so much enthusiasm about obama, as much a real concern that america would vote for mitt romney. it was amazing. >> we know the results now, we are still waiting for florida. you call this the gop-ocalypse. it seems extreme to say it is the death of the american party. what is dying, what is the catastrophic end that you're
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talking about? >> this is the worst election in 20 years and the reason is they can't build a proper coalition. when you have a trainer and you can't just work on your abs, you have to work on your whole body. coalitions are the same way. well, now we need latinos. or now we need this. policies that attract different groups of people to win national elections. if the gop doesn't do that, they'll keep losing national elections. >> marco rubio will host a birthday party for terry brandstead. snf to put a his spannic face on the policies? can you repackage what they have? >> no, no, ask al sharpton and herman cain. just because you put a minority person up there does not mean you're going to get minority votes and just because you have a woman running for office doesn't mean you will have women's votes. you have to have someone who is offering policy. barack obama got 73% of latino voters. he doesn't speak spanish, but he
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offered policies that the mexican americans and guatemalan americans really appreciate. that's what you have to do. not about identity politics. >> let's look at the democratic coalition because you mentioned the 73% of and mid-'90s of black voters and still the democrats didn't get a landslide. >> right. >> they've got to find a way to introduce younger white voters. what do you think? >> as a college professor, kids are concerned. how do i pay my bills? what will happen to me when i come back from serving? that's what the democratic party has done. on the reverse side, what the republicans have to do, they have to recognize that you can't just alienate these different kind of groups. bob dole got 84% of the vote and the gop has not got more than 10% of the vote and they have to improve that and then they can win ohio and virginia. >> we'll have the chairman of the tea party express on later.
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what do you see the future of the tea party is with the republican party as they move forward? >> they have no future, if they're smart. look, the tea party, you know, they were born on april 15th on tax day in 2009 and they died this last tuesday. you cannot allow the sort of harsh rhetoric to continue if you want your party to expand. look, you can't hide the fact that the tea party is, you know, anti-government in a lot of ways and many americans do say, hey, look, i do want deductions and i want my roads fixed. the tea maparty have to realize they can't be the front-runner for the party. >> after the 2008 election a lot that said john mccain was the wrong person to nominate. back then mitt romney was the more conservative alternative and, again, in 2008, some say mitt romney was too moderate. seems year after year or cycle after cycle this happens, what will be enough to change it? a loss isn't doing it for the republican party. >> they're not going to learn that lesson that quickly.
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i was there in iowa and south carolina, people don't like him. you don't get somebody who doesn't say i don't like 47% of the population. what the republican party needs is someone who can articulate their values but in a way that's not offensive. im pro life, i am not going to spend my entire administration working on that. i don't want illegals coming into this country. we're not going to tell people to self-deport. not offend 90% of the population and that's what they need to do. >> professor jason johnson professor in ohio, thank you very much. >> thank you, always a pleasure. when president obama deals with china in the future, he'll most likely go toe-to toe with this man. we'll tell you who he is. but things are starting to turn around because of business people like you. and regions is here to help. with the experience and service to keep things rolling.
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22 minutes past the hour now. in syria -- rebel fighters advancing on border towns sent an estimated 1 1,000 people fleeing into turkey and jordan. the opposition reports at least 126 people killed across syria in the past 24 hours. some 400,000 syrians now listed or waiting to be listed as refugees. in a bid to strengthen its claim, syrians legitimate future government, the leading opposition group, the syrian national council on friday shuffled its leadership and named a new president.
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in the kingdom of bahrain, clashes broke out when government forces blocked access to a mosque where a prominent cleric was speaking. a teenager was reported hit by a car and killed while fleeing police. tensions have been high in the country following a series of bombings in the capital. this man ping is expected to be named secretary-general of the party next week. the leader of the communist party typically becomes the country's leader. the change in party leadership occurs every ten years. the attack on a teenage girl in pakistan who wanted to go to school has inspired pakistani leaders. they are now promising to get 5 million more children into classrooms. one month since the taliban shot her in the head and now she's recovering at a british hospital, even smiling. our senior international correspondent dan rivers has more. >> it is staggering to see her
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out of bed with her father looking through some of the thousands of get-well kartdz she received. it's exactly a month since she was shot at point blank range by taliban gunman for her campaign for girls education in pakistan. despite the bullet passing through her head and neck, she is able to talk. doctors at birmingham queen elizabeth hospital in berlin are still assessing the damageo far. her only visitors so far is her immediate family. >> who strongly condemn the assassination attempt on malala and pray for her health and support freedom of expression. >> reporter: the cards have come from all over the world. this one from myanmar. some are signed by entire
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husholds and some by entire offices. her story has touched people around the world. and there's now an internet campaign for malala to win the nobel peace prize. she is yet to undergo surgery on her jaw and skull in britain, but judging by these pictures, she is in very good hands surprising everyone with her determination to recover. dan rivers, cnn, london. well, other world leaders have also been inspired by malala. gordon brown visited pakistan to talk to leaders and school children. he delivered 1 million signatures on a petition demanding education for all children. >> the march of girls' rights and education cannot be stopped, it is, indeed, unstoppable. >> brown says now that pakistan promised education, they must make it a reality. tuesday's election is having an immediate effect in some places like washington state. >> they legalized marijuana but not until next month.
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it is 29 minutes past the hour. welcome back, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell. a beautiful warm day here in the studio. >> it sure is. >> you follow us on twitter. we have been in negotiations over the temperature in the studio. >> i win. >> it's like nairobi in here.
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it's like 106 degrees. >> i can't help it. i like it like that. >> i'm cloaked in wool. here are some of the stories we are watching this morning. kicking things off, it's a $7 trillion mix of tax hikes and spending cuts that some fear could tip the u.s. back into recession. i'm talking about the fiscal cliff and it goes into effect just 52 days from now, unless a deal can be reached. both president obama and house speaker john boehner say they are willing to negotiate. but tax hikes are a sticking point. president obama will meet with congressional leaders on the issue next week. and in florida, it is all over, but the vote count, as the state tries to finalize its tally of the presidential election. unofficial results are due to the secretary of state by noon today. cnn has yet to project a winner, but president obama enjoys a 60,000 vote lead over mitt romney. happy birthday to all the men and women serving in the marines around the world.
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today marks the 237th anniversary for the u.s. marine corps. they were founded in 1775. now, to celebrate, some will have birthday cake, some will hold special ceremonies, others will raise money for charity. in washington state, prosecutors are throwing out 175 marijuana possession cases, that's because on tuesday voters there passed a ballot initiative that legalizes pot, so prosecutors in two counties, including seattle, drop cases that would no longer be punishable under the new law. the law technically doesn't take effect, though, until next month. i'm sure those folks are happy. a bombshell in the intelligence community. cia director david petraeus stepped down after admitting to have an extra marital affair. >> the general's affair was uncovered during an investigation by the fbi. the tip the fbi was acting on involved a rumored affair with his biography, paula broadwell. cnn has not been able to reach
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her for comment and it's also not clear whether she is the woman whom petraeus admitted having an affair with that led to his resignation. petraeus did not name the woman he was having an affair on. more on general putretraeusd his career from chris lawrence. >> david petraeus sent this letter to the cia staff on friday admitting he had an affair and telling the staff that he had gone to the white house on thursday and asked president obama to accept his resignation. on friday during a phone call, the white house says the president did accept petraeus' resignation, throwing his national security team into flux just days after the election. by the time david petraeus got his first taste of real combat, he was a 50-year-old major general. in 2003, he commanded the 101st airborne during its march on baghdad. it was in iraq that he
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rhetorically asked a reporter, tell me how this ends, suggesting trouble the u.s. would have there in later years. there he gave the nickname king david, used affectiontally by his supporters and those who labeled him a celebrity general. in 2007, president bush appoi appointed petraeus to lead all troops in iraq. petraeus essentially rewrote the army field manual and counterinsurgency became know as the petraeus doctrine. a scandal brought petraeus back to command another war when president obama fired general stanley mcchrystal for his unflattering comments to "rolling stone" he tapped general petraeus as the man to save the afghan war effort. >> the greatest of honors to serve here. >> reporter: but because of his name recognition among the american people, petraeus was surrounded by speculation that he had, some wondered if he would appear on the american presidential ticket, but
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petraeus knocked down those rumors. at a senate confirmation hearing to head the cia, petraeus admitted president obama decided to withdraw thousands of troops from afghanistan significantly faster than petraeus wanted. >> the ultimate decision was a more aggressive formulation, if you will, in terms of the timeline than what we had recommended. >> reporter: petraeus's wife, holly, sat behind him during that testimony and petraeus publicly praised her. >> she is a symbol of the strength and dedication of families around the globe who wait at home for their loved ones while they're engaged in critical work in iraq, afghanistan and else where. she has hung tough while i've been deployed for over 5 1/2 years since 9/11. >> a u.s. official confirms that the fbi had been investigating a tip that petraeus was having an affair. they were looking into whether there were any potential
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security risk and that "petraeus may have put himself in a volnrvo vulnerable position." the question is who knew what when and why was nothing done until after the election? randi, victor. >> chris lawrence, thank you very mump. more than 12 days since sandy devastated the northeast, more than 300,000 people still do not have power. >> people are certainly getting desperate, impatient and down right furious because of flood damage, some people may not see power for days or now even weeks. >> i can't get power, heat, garbage pickup, nothing. >> nick valencia is joining us now and this is not just coming from the people who live there. we're hearing from the local leaders and even the governor. >> you can hear the tone of frustration in that woman's sound bite. people are angry. they're not getting straight answers and they're upset about it. 12 days now without power.
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i spoke to one long island res dnlt and everything you heard about how bad it is here, it's true. people are coming out and expressing their fears and concerns and there was a rally held yesterday and you could hear the frustration in some of the residents' voice. >> this is a crisis of epic proportions. this is a natural disaster. we are here as one community together to send a message. we've had enough! the management should be fired from top to bottom. we have a mesage for governor cu cuomo. send the national guard in here today to turn the power back on! >> lipa, of course, talking about the long island power authority. we put in a call today and we did get somebody on the phone.
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i spoke to somebody and they quickly transferred me to a pager. we're still waiting on that call back from lipa. >> tough to get answers. not just about electricity. these people are afraid to leave their homes and even the safety of their home, too. >> absolutely. nassau county, the rockaways. debb feyerick was in the area yesterday and she told anderson cooper that crime and burglary is up 7% there. people are afraid to leave their home and they're afraid they're going to get looted and they won't come back to anything at all. more than just power issues at stake here, also safety and security concerns, as well. >> it's been a long time. kind of out of excuses at this point. >> that's a good statement there. >> nick valencia, thank you. the ceo of a southern institution accused of sexual impropriety. the stunning charges against the head of waffle house.
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the ceo of the popular southern restaurant chain waffle house has been accused of sexual improprieties by his former assistant. the woman who is unnamed is accusing joseph rogers jr. of forcing her to "perform sexual services including inappropriate touching." making her buy him pornography and appearing naked in front of her during the nine years that she worked for him. rogers has not responded to the claims. on wall street indices eked out small gains on friday, but not enough to make up for the week's losses. the dow, s&p and nasdaq all closed down more than 2% this election week. investors are concerned about the lack of a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. 52 days until we cross over that fiscal cliff, if we do. those $7 trillion in automatic
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tax increases and spending cuts that could be triggered in january, if congress can't reach a deal. president obama made his first public comments since re-election on friday addressing the issue and his commitment to compromise. >> it's time to get back to work and there is plenty of work to do. i'm not wedded to every detail of my plan. i'm open to compromise. i'm open to new ideas. i'm committed to solving our fiscal challenges. but, i refuse to accept any approach that isn't balanced. >> but, republican house speaker john boehner may not make the president's plan so easy. >> i'm not suggesting we compromise on our principles, but i am suggesting that we commit ourselves to creating an atmosphere where we can see common ground, where it exists. >> joining us to discuss is stephanie rule, host of bloomberg tv's marketmaker.
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stephanie, good morning. >> good morning. >> let's stick with politics here for a moment. there are whispers anow among some conservatives that speaker boehner may call the president's bluff and maybe should do so, go right to the cliff and see who makes the first move. what would happen in that case, do you think? >> he may. some are saying what if we fall off the cliff? maybe long term it would be okay for the economy. but, think about it. if you jump off a cliff, maybe you learn you have the ability to fly or maybe you plunge to your sudden death. if we do fall off the cliff, what is the fiscal cliff? it basically means taxes are going to go up and government spending is going to go down and we could fall into recession. if you look at the way the market reacted on wednesday following the election, the dow dropped 300 points. sort of saying, suddenly the market has to face this fiscal cliff and if we do, we fall off the cliff, it is very bad for our economy. why? because we cannot grow. even though we have all this
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stimulus in the system pumping money, if the economy can't grow, what does it say for our country? we're just going to be in bad shape. >> so, with the u.s.'s debt situation, though, any way to get around these tax increases? >> i mean, it's tough to say at this point. but if you look at the market reaction, almost shocking. the polls were saying barack obama was so likely to win and then suddenly when the market went up just before the election as the market was banking on mitt romney and when the dow went down that much, the market is concerned. they only have the ability to focus on one thing at a time and when they start to feel like gdp is going to go down, people won't have disposable income to spend money, corporations will not be expanding. it's bad. we need to increase jobs and if we fall off the cliff, it's unclear how we're going to do that. remember, just weeks ago a group of ceos reached out to the president saying, please, address this fiscal cliff issue and it just hadn't been addressed. why? because both sides had to focus on the campaign.
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they had to stay loyal to the extremes in their parties and now that the election is over, we could see the president reach across the aisle. we could see boehner do the same and that's what the country needs because for the president, he needs to start focusing on his legacy, not just winning an election. >> that's what a lot of people are hoping to see, some type of compromise here. the cbo, the report shows that there is some upside to letting those cuts expire, actually. unemployment at 5.5%. they say by 2020. so, do you think, is it possibly worth a short-term pain for that long-term gain? even if we see unemployment at 9.1%, which is what the cbo said we'd see initially. >> look at how individuals respond. people don't look long term. they want immediate results. they want to be pleased today. they want a job today so they can go to the mall tomorrow and buy a pair of jeans. the elect political officials will please them today. people want $100 today, they don't want to save it so they
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can have $1,000 in five years. even if long term, it could be the right decision, it's just not how we see politics or economics play out right now. >> who is going to get hit the hardest if we do go off this cliff? >> unclear. right now it feels like everyone. if you look at the markets, they'll say the markets get hit the hardest and corporations get hit the hardest and if corporations get hit, then individuals do. people do not have jobs and not out there spending and massive government spending cuts, that will hit individuals, not just defense spending, but education spending and we need the country growing. we need the country moving. not just in the u.s., but that's the case in europe. so, even if you have central banks intervening, pumping money into the system, this is false stimulus. it's not organic and we need growth. >> stephanie rule, thank you so much for coming on this morning. appreciate you helping us all make sense of that. thank you. if you are just waking up and drinking this morning, we're not talking about liquor anything spicy like that. coffee, tea, juice, water, you
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well, we all heard the saying you are what you eat but the mu jorsty of our body is water so deciding what you drink could affect your health. >> drinking refreshing water, milk for strong bones or a little wine to relax. celebrity fitness and nutrition expert mark mcdonald knows the benefits. good it have you back. >> thanks, victor, nice to be here. >> the wattier drink all day. lemon, lime but also cinnamon, which i'm just finding out today. >> cinnamon extract is fantastic
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for water. it spices it up and stabilizes your blood vessels and allows your cells to receive insulin better so you burn fat better. >> why do people put lemon and lime in water anyway? >> increase the taste. lemon or lime gives you that flavor so you can drink it. women and men, you are what you drink. you have to drink water throughout the day. helps you really burn fat. >> what about tea? i am a tea drinker and usually go with a green tea, is there a certain benefit for green versus black versus white tea? >> green tea, pepperment tea, ginger tea, great for digestion. helps reduce inflammation and really helps calm your stomach so you can move food better. so, it's great from a digestion standpoind. >> most people start the day with a cup of coffee. i don't drink it. what am i missing? i don't drink it. what am i missing? >> if you don't have to drink
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coffee, that's a good thing. in moderation, it is fine. a good stimulate and improves digestion, but overall, if you don't want to, you don't have to. do low calorie coffee drinks and in moderation, it's totally fine. >> not the heavy lattes. >> the biggest thing with coffee, people think they have to give it up. just all in moderation. >> what about this stuff right here. i'm just going to take our little prop just because it looks so inviting. little red wine. probably don't want to start your day like that. >> that's what a glass looks like. but a lot of people, wine is fine, once again, in moderation. when you drink wine, do some protein before it or have like salmon and veggies with the wine. it helps slow down the rate of the wine and helps stabilize your blood sugar better and optimize fat burning. in moderation, totally fine. >> i eat some cheese. >> cheese or yogurt, something like this. >> i talked about water and tea and randi didn't touch them.
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>> hey, we're here for six hours. >> just like two to three glasses a week would be fantastic. that's the biggest thing. we always talk about what we eat, it's what we drink is so important. so, you have to enjoy your fluids, make it work into your day and that's going to optimize your metabolism. >> one last question, though, about how much fluid do you need? everybody talks about you need eight glasses of water. do you really need it? >> you do. your body is 60% to 70% water. if you don't get enough water, it's not working for you. women 8 to 12 cups and men 12 to 16 cups. optimize your metabolism and digestion. >> mark, thank you. appreciate it. questions from the election, we have a lot of them. >> we'll go in focus on one of those lessons and hear what the those lessons and hear what the tea party learned about itself. to a world of super-connected intelligence. the potential of freescale unlocked. nyse euronext.
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tuesday night was a historic election. then again, aren't they all? what was more notable this time was the reactions at the end. from the new sets to celebrity tweets, we heard it all. our jeanne moos has the highlights. >> reporter: if you missed the moment live, let's relive it. >> president obama has been re-elected. >> president of the united states. >> it was a hard-fought battle. >> the colbert report is ready to project that cnn has projected that animal planet has predicted that the winner of the 2012 presidential election is barack obama. >> reporter: talk about a thoughtful pundit after painting a bleak picture of president obama's second term, fox commentator dr. charles
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crafthammer joked -- >> as a psychiatrist, i will offer to write prescriptions for anybody who needs them right now. >> reporter: but obama supporters were ecstatic. cnn cut away to some in kenya, speaking of which -- what would election night be without a donald trump angle. after mitt romney's loss, trump tweeted, this election is a total sham and travesty. we should have a revolution in this con, which prompted nbc's brian williams to launch this zinger. >> donald trump, who has driven well past the exit to relevance. >> reporter: the exit for mitt romney was ohio, but after fox news called ohio for obama, the network's own best-known commentator objected. >> we've got to be careful about calling things. >> that's awkward. >> reporter: once karl rove questioned the call by fox's decision desk, megan kelly walked back there. live camera in tow. >> keep coming. here we go. >> we're quite comfortable with the call in ohio. >> reporter: but the anchor who
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got the most flack was abc's diane sawyer. >> can we have our music. >> reporter: viewers thought her delivery was strange. i'll have what diane sawyer is having tweeted singer josh groban. >> president barack obama has won minnesota. >> reporter: someone else tweeted -- and diane sawyer declares tonight's winner is chardonnay. officially abc wouldn't comment but staffers suggest diane was just exhausted from hurricane coverage and debate prep. what is an anchor supposed to do when she gets a call of nature while she's in the middle of calling states. >> i came back from the bathroom and said that colorado was still too close to call. nobody told me while i was in the bathroom colorado went for president obama. thanks, guys. >> reporter: jeanne moos, cnn -- >> good news for mitt romney, he has won, i want to announce this right now, most of the


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