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because they don't have sexual education, and many of my girls are sexually abused. when my girls come, they drop their babies in the day care center. we have different workshops so they can develop their skills. [ speaking foreign language ] >> we are changing the lives of these girls. if you give them the right tools, they are capable of moving forward. the general and the other woman and the other, other woman. could the now disgraced cia director uncover more than one extramarital affair? and although he stepped down, why general petraeus could be the only person to vindicate or incriminate the white house over the consulate attack in benghazi. and plus, the grand old party in need of a makeover. >> you said that you not only had that problem, but you have -- >> an angry white man problem.
>> republican leaders now admitting that the gop needs some new faces or face extinction. and coast the coast, tribute s to men and women who fight for our freedom. tonight, we honor america's veterans. hello, everyone. i'm don lemon and we will go into more detail on all of those stories, but first we want to get you caught up on all of the headlines. in parades all across america, people came out to thank our military heroes. paradegoers in new york aided victims of superstorm sandy collecting winter coats for those hit hardest by the storm. at arlington national cemetery president obama laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns and then met with families who lost loved ones in the iraq and afghanistan wars. lawmakers have pointed questions about the fbi's investigation into general petraeus' extramarital affair. they want to know why they weren't told, and they want to know if national security was breached.
peter king talked to candy crowley today. >> it seems that this has been going on for several months and now appears that the fbi did not realize until election day that general petraeus was involved. it just doesn't add up. >> petraeus resigned from the post as cia director friday and mitt head had an affair. and then sources said that the affair was with his biographer paula broadwell. more on that in a few moments. bipartisan agreement appears to be in the work. charles schumer and lindsey graham says that their path including a tough love to citizenship. they teamed up in 2010, and that plan went nowhere, but the republicans may have fresh motivation after election losses last week. the death toll from superstorm sandy has climbed to 113 with two more deaths reported in new york. two weeks after the storm crashed through the northeast, residents in new york and new jersey are clearing debris from
their homes and battling the cold. commuting could -- combatting the cold could get easier for new jersey residents as the train will reopen tuesday. and there is new pressure from u.s. and arab nations to meet. they met in qatar and agreed to call the new group the international coalition of the syrian revolution, and it is a vital push to oust the president al assad. today, in syria, rebel groups said to keep that civil war inside of your own country. a spokesman said that a mortar shell hit a military base and is worried about escalation. israel is ready to ramp up its attention to recent rocket attacks from gaza. this is video of rockets launched in gaza.
they say that dozens of rockets struck israel injuring civilians. benjamin netanyahu says that they are on the verge of escalating their military response. >> translator: i would like to add that the israeli defense force is going to act firmly against the terrorist organization in the gaza strip. they are taking strong blows, and the world needs to understand that israel will not sit with the arms crossed when faced with attempts to hurt us. >> they blame hamas for the
rocket attacks. scores of people in indianapolis cannot go home after a massive explosion late yesterday tore through a neighborhood hurting several people and killing two people. the blast and fire damaged at least 30 homes. the damage costs are estimated at $3.6 million and about 200 people were evacuated. local and federal authorities are still investigating what caused that explosion. have you been missing the hockey brawls with the nhl season on hold? no worries, there is nascar. always nascar. after being clipped by clint boyer today in phoenix, jeff gordon waited for the revenge. look at that, gordon took out boyer's number 15 car which started this entire team -- well, to go in after gordon. but gordon's crew was able to come to his defense in time, and the brawl was on.
incredible video there. apparently this feud started earlier in the season, and if today is any indication, it is only going to escalate. as we heard in new york, new work week in washington, a new twists and turns in the resignation of the cia director david petraeus. members of congress were upset that they were the last to know about details that were brought to life about his relationship with his biographer. and we hear that the house spokesman eric cantor did know, and he said he got the information from a whistle-blower. our athena jones has more. >> reporter: the circumstances surrounding david petraeus' job, so many questions. >> i have so many questions. >> reporter: like complaints that paula broadwell sent harassing e-mails to a woman close to petraeus. and according to an official, that revealed an affair between petraeus and broadwell. james cooper learned of the investigation in a phone call from the fbi on election night. clapper told the white house wednesday according to a senior u.s. intelligence official, but it is unclear when the fbi probe began.
>> the fbi director had the obligation to tell the president or the national security council at the earliest date, so it has been going on for several months and now it appears that the fbi didn't realize until election day that general petraeus wasn't involved. it does not add up. >> reporter: among the other questions, why weren't key lawmakers told sooner? the house and the senate intelligence committees were not informed until friday. >> are you going to investigate why the fbi did not notify you before? >> yes, absolutely. this is something that could have an effect on national security. i think that we should have been told. >> reporter: not everyone on the hill was totally in the dark. house majority leader eric cantor said an fbi employee told him about petraeus' affair and possible security breach in october after the investigation had begun. a u.s. official says that the general's communications were never compromised and he was never the target of the investigation. another issue, petraeus stepped
down days before he was supposed to testify before a senate committee about the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. acting cia director michael morrel will testify instead, but some republicans are not pleased. >> at the end of the day, one thing that has to happen in my view is to get to bottom of the benghazi, and how in the world can you find out what happened in benghazi before, during and after the attack if general petraeus does not testify. >> reporter: cnn has not been able to reach broadwell for comment. >> athena jones reporting. and david boyle has spoken to general petraeus, and worked with him and followed his career up close as he researched a book after iraq, and i asked him what it was like to interview petraeus. >> i wrote a book about him and interviewed him -- a book about iraq and interviewed him in 2010
and when i asked him for an interview, i got an e-mail response from him directly like that. i got other e-mails from him subsequent to that, subsequent to our interview, where he was enthusiastic and supportive and cheering me on for getting good reviews, and it was like i had a mentor. you know, he is very effective personally. but then when i start reading about the fact that he may have been obsessively e-mailing his mistress and so forth, he struck me as a man who may have had a digital addiction or a digital, almost like a digital mania, which all of us can maybe relate to these days, because he's a guy who was constantly e-mailing, texting and perhaps he was googling himself too much and should have had a real life. he lived in a bubble where he was lionized by the military and the press, and that turns out to have been of course very unhealthy. >> that was author william doyle
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conversation i look forward to and i'm sure you do, too, every sunday, because it always gets real. one side is still celebrating and the other side still second-guessing, so let's talk politics and look ahead to what tuesday's election means with cnn contributors, will cain and lz granderson and i called you will granderson to fred, and i don't know what i have been thinking, because you morphed into one person. lz is a senior writer for espn and will cain is a cnn contributor. and so, let's get to it. barack obama got 93% of the african-american vote, and 73% of the asian vote and 71% of the latino vote and 55% of the women's vote and 39% of the white vote. so is a gop going to have to change the message and become more diverse? >> well, you said change its message. it is going to have to be more diverse, but does it need to change the message? well, that depends if you ask me to change the ideology and the answer is no. they have to change the way they
communicate the ideology and the answer is clearly yes. it is interesting, don, because before this election a lot of conservatives were saying that mitt romney was going to win in a landslide and you heard that and they got it incredibly wrong? how did they get it incredibly wrong, because the numbers a moment ago assumed that the 2008 numbers and it is a good assumption that they were a historical aberration, and that his election was infused with such enthusiasm to not be matched in 2012. no way to be matched, but it was. so i will let l.z. in. >> yes, stop filibustering. >> barack obama is a phenomenal candidate and a guy that people want to believe in, so days after a butt-whooping are a best time to have a self-evaluation moment. let some rationality set in. >> okay. all right. go ahead, lz. >> well, you know, i think that will talked a lot about what needs to happen.
they need to go back to take a look at about how to get more diverse, but it is important to remember that diversity is not an external thing. we are so used to checking things like black people, and latinos and women, but it is diversity of thought. that is where will and i separate, because i do believe they need to change the message, and change the message, because it is not how they look but how they think, and how they think is why people did not run to romney and people went to president obama. yes, he is a phenomenal politician and great orator, but more importantly, he was a pretty good president the first term especially considering what he had to deal with. and republicans keep getting away from that particular fact, that yes, he is black, and yes, a great speaker, but, oh, by the way, he actually did some things that a lot of people support and agree with, and that is about the diversity of thought and not just about how you look. >> i am telling you that my side needs to do better of explaining how my message helps everyone, but the other side needs to be honest not to pander and create false wars as well. >> it was not a false war, but i
believe that democrats have a huge race problem just as the republicans do. you cannot continue to hemorrhage the white vote and think that you will get the white house. the democrats have to find out how to get their message across saying we want diversity, but it includes heterosexual white males and we are not excluding you in the umbrella of diversity, but include you. right now the democrats are having a tough time getting that message across. a veteran an former machine gunner who came home from iraq and struggled to find some solace in his life, until he found opera. that is next. it's changing the conversation. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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shadows of post-traumatic stress disorder and for ellis, this therapy came in the form of opera. photo journalist gabe ramirez explains. >> i identified so much as being a combat marine that i didn't believe that anything outside would matter, but then people started to notice other talents of mine. i met charlie enberg and he issued a challenge. i want you to create a story that can be possibly turned into a musical. i had this idea when the story being this opera "fallujah." all aspects of the opera come from experiences of my own life. i joined the marine corps because i was one of the young men who didn't have any goals in life. so i thought that i'd be this kick ass guy with all of the cool machine guns on both hands, and at that time what i perceived to be war was what i took off of the movies.
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plans for the week. >> i'm jessica yellin at the white house. in the coming week, president obama will honor america's veterans with a wreath ceremony at arlington cemetery. midweek, he will hold the first news conference since the re-election in the east room of the white house. he will visit the new york area to tour the recovery efforts from superstorm sandy. and on friday, to end the week, he will meet right here at the white house with leaders from both the house and the senate, both democrats and republicans, to begin negotiations over the fiscal cliff. i'm paul steinhauser at the cnn political desk. wednesday and thursday, gop governors meet in las vegas for the republican governor's association annual get together. among those attending are possible contenders for the next republican presidential nomination. next weekend, senator marco rubio who may also have designs on the white house headlines a gop event in iowa. i'm poppy harlow, wall street will have all eyes on
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half past the hour, and today, citizens paused to pay tribute to the heroes at arlington national cemetery and the president laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown. he told those gathered that the administration would not let up to make sure that the veterans get the health care they need when they need it. why weren't we told? how do we know there weren't security breaches? that is what some high-level lawmakers are asking the fbi as more facts come in with the david petraeus resignation. new york congressman peter king talked with cnn's candy crowley. >> it seems that this has been going on for several months and yet now it appears that the fbi didn't realize until election day that general petraeus was involved. it just doesn't add up. >> petraeus resigned as the post of cia director and admitted he had an affair, and then sources
say that the affair was with his biographer paula broadwell. two new reported deaths have raised the death toll of sandy to 113. power has been restored in most of new york and new jersey, and full-blown protests have erupted on long island with hundreds of angry residents picketing the utility provider. more on that in a moment on cnn. a bipartisan immigration policy seems to be in the work. charles schumer and lindsey graham says their plan is a tough-love look at immigration. they teamed up in 2009, but that plan went nowhere, but republicans may have more motivation after the losses last week. and after a massive explosion last night in a
neighborhood, 200 people were evacuated. in indianapolis, the spark damaged 30 homes and damage is estimated at $36 million. about 200 people were evacuated and the federal and the local authorities are still investigating what caused the explosion. in north dakota, no question about it, winter has arrived. parts of bismarck got ten inches of snow this weekend and other parts of the state got as much as a foot and a half. no more snow is expected this week, but the temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until friday. okay. ever been to a nascar race and a hockey style fight broke out? it happened today in phoenix. take a look at this. there's jeff gordon who got revenge after being clipped by clint bowyer. or boyer. gordon took out boyer's 15 car and then the entire team went after gordon, and you see it there. but gordon's team came to the defense in time, and the brawl was on. apparently, this feud started earlier in the season.
and today is any indication, it is going to be a long season that is not over yet. and now, let's talk about the e-mail investigation that sparked the resignation of cia director david petraeus. we are told at cnn that there was a complaint that paula broadwell was sending harassing e-mails to a another woman close to petraeus. tom fuentes is the cnn investigator, and i asked him about the cia e-mails. >> well, that is the concern when it starts, but when you look into that in cia or the fbi headquarters or any of the intel agencies, often dual computer systems to receive outside e-mails, because somebody may send a complaint over the public internet service providers and then of course, the classified e-mail systems internally and they are completely separate,
but the fact that someone is receiving a threat at that level, they have to investigate and look at the nature of the threat, and look at the person making the threats, and start subpoenaing that person's records to see if they are threatening other officials or if there is more to the story, and who they are connected with. during that subsequent part of the investigation, that is where they determine the connection between the other woman and general petraeus. >> new york senator chuck schumer is warning the insurance companies don't force the hurricane deductibles on homeowners in the aftermath of superstorm sandy. the deductibles require the residents to pay a percentage of the property value which could mean $15,000 or more for residents. the national weather service says that sandy did not meet the technical criteria to be a hurricane when it met landfall, and schumer suggests challenging this. and now people who were without electricity were forced the put on layers to battle the cold. some residents are celebrating the first day with power back on. susan candiotti in the neighborhood of queens with the latest.
susan? >> don, tonight in the high-rise apartment buildings behind me that house 600 families is a disabled mother of two. she has been unable to leave her apartment for the last two weeks. we went in to take a look around, and saw deplorable conditions. >> reporter: out in broad daylight, it is easy to see, but look at how dark it is inside of the building. bryant pearson is in charge of the tenant association, and he is going to give us a tour. let's see. by contrast, you can see it is bright sunshine outside and i just -- i don't know how you can see anything in here, bryant. holy cow, i'm holding on to the back of your jacket, because i cannot see a thing. >> this in here, this is how you go up and down the stairs. >> hold on. i can't see. okay. got it. >> in is how we have to live here. we have been living like this since the storm hit.
>> bryant, is this the seventh floor? >> yes, it is the seventh floor. we are going to talk to a couple of people. >> reporter: has there been any looting or stealing? >> a little bit. watch that step. >> oh, whoa. that is right there? >> yeah, right there. that is feces. >> be careful where you walk. >> when the national guard came, they put tags on the door stating that they came by to check. >> that was on november 10th. >> yes. >> reporter: ivy, hi, i'm with cnn, i seem susan candiotti. now we are in ivy's apartment, and you have two young daughters over here and you guys are ages -- how old are you? >> 5. >> 10. >> okay. now it is warmer in here, and here is why. ivy has natural gas working and so that the stove is working and she has a pot of water on here giving off steam to at least
warm up the room. a lot of places are, don't even have this much. ivy, when is the last time that you were able to leave the building? >> about two weeks ago. >> right be before the storm? >> right before the storm. >> and the reason is they turned off the electricity, but why can't you get out, because you are sitting in a walker. >> yes, i can't get out because i can't go down the stairs in seven flights. >> reporter: you are suffering the aftermath of a stroke? >> yes. >> reporter: what is it like at night? >> i have to go empty the garbage, and my sister and baby i sister has to hold the flashlight and i hear noises and it is not like bad noises but the wind is like woo like the ghosts and stuff, and sometimes it scare me even though i am 10, i still get scared. >> reporter: ivy, what do you think about this? >> i think it is terrible. they should be prepared for it. >> reporter: how are you able to take care of the girls? >> well, my oldest daughter is helpful and when it is time to go outside and when the food comes around, it is to send her
down, but it is scary to send her down, because it is so dark. >> reporter: imagine what it is like for that mother to rely on her daughter to go down those dark stairwells in order to keep in touch with the outside world? well, she did get some hope today, because the national guard came by and delivered mres and a pallet of water, and they promise to be be back. don? >> susan, thank you. after mitt romney's loss this past week, many in the gop are re-evaluating long held campaign strategies and some say it is time to chuck them. i chatted with two republicans, and they have ideas next. what if there was a new way to deal with money
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trauma center to show you the final minutes of life of someone who loses their life. >> that man stood over lamont and fired ten more shots into him. >> you know, gun violence can kill. it is our responsibility to prevent these kids from coming in. >> reporter: among america's largest cities philadelphia's homicide rate is the worst with african-americans making up 85% of the victims. >> you know, the statistics suggest that as a young black man you have a greater chance of being shot and killed in philadelphia than if you were a soldier serving in the conflicts of afghanistan and iraq. that is absurd to me. >> reporter: since 2006, more than 7,000 students have come through the cradle to grave program. >> like i don't want that to happen to me. i want to be able to live and be something that my mom wanted me to be. >> we want the really teach them the preciousness of life, and that in an instant your life can be changed forever.
>> reporter: change they want for the better. sarah hoy, cnn, philadelphia. who is black in america? is being black determined by the color of your skin in by your family? by what society says or something else? our soledad o'brien will examine provocative questions about skin color and race in our new documentary "who is black in america?" that premiers sunday december 9th at 8:00 eastern on cnn. and mitt romney's loss could be the last candidate to bank on the white vote for a win. i spoke about this to al gardenias and patrick who is newt gingrich's former chief of staff for his campaign. i asked what republicans can do better?
>> we are banking on votes that are in the bank and banking on votes that are clearly not going to be there. >> al, i would not be going out on the limb saying that the gop has a problem, and does your party have a future in national elections if it doesn't diversity? >> well, we need to do a better job. as i tell my friends on the conservative right and the right, that we don't need to change our value, because they are winning values, but we need a long term commitment and real commitment to the minority communities. we can't lose the hispanic vote four the one. we can't lose the asian vote four to one. we can't lose the black vote nine to one. you start out with a premise that is 60%-plus white american vote is not going to happen, because of the declines in population. they are winnable votes, but we
need to pursue them, and frankly, i have been there and been the chairman of the party in florida to get 60% of the vote from hispanics and a larger percentage from african-americans, but you have to have a game plan and dedication and the resources and the commitment to show up, show respect and be there at all times, and i think that it can be done, but frankly, we need to change the scope of our energies and the scope of our commitments. >> you see, this is not an attempt by the republicans to do something and fail. it is the lack of the attempt of the republicans to do anything at all. the first state race, state race i ever worked on was the united states senate in seat in 1996. and i asked, you know, very naively, why don't we go to black churches? well, they will never vote for us. why don't we retreat to students
and young people. they don't vote. well, here we are in 2012 and that is a completely different story and we have to make the attempt. >> but what i heard al say, and what president obama won because he promised free things and i don't want to misquote you there, but i'm not sure if it is promise of free things, because when i hear that people say that they voted for president obama because they wanted things. why else do you vote for a candidate if you don't want something from the candidate? >> let me tell you something that obama won this election and everybody back up and calm down, and obama won the election, because he has learned micro politicking and republicans are stuck on macro politics. we are spending hundreds of millions on tv when people are getting the news from twitter and all of this stuff. we are not running a modern campaign. >> well, you are right, and hang on, al. i want to say this before you respond. i think that what you say is right on, because being on the
ground, everybody underestimated the obama ground campaign and the romney people were calling automatically to say, pick up and support our campaign. the obama campaign had offices in the communities for years and i see that you have not voted. if you go and vote, we will take your name off or find a way to get you to the vote and talking about gop tv and politics and i realized they were getting people to the polls and reaching people personally, al. >> right. let me say this, president obama received 12 million less votes this year than he did in 2008. mitt romney got almost 3 million votes less than john mccain did. this election, and you could come up with a lot of arguments as to why mitt romney didn't win. i thought he left it all on the playing field and he did as well as he could give ten circumstances. but the truth of the matter is that we couldn't come up with enough votes to win. >> patrick, it is not just about the candidate or putting a candidate that has a, you know, hispanic last name or the minority on the ticket. you said that you not only had that problem, but you have --
>> an angry white man problem. >> angry white man problem. >> i don't want to discredit marco rubio for just saying that he is and up and comer, because he is hispanic, and he is up and comer to look into the camera and express a conservative viewpoint without being angry or saying the word rape quite frankly. he connects with people and the fact that he is a cuban america american is a plus, but it is not the reason that he is a up and coming. >> explain angry why man? >> the gop has a problem of getting candidates in line and put them up and say it is his turn now and his turn now, and at this point, they are older white guys, and quite frankly, we need to be looking at the broad spectrum of candidates. >> we talked about how difficult it is for many returns vets to find work. this past week, several got pretty good gigs in congress. that is next. =ñp
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so those states will still need to navigate federal laws before the citizens can legally buy and sell it. the troubled u.s. postal service is expecting a boom this holiday season and expects to handle 365 million packages this year, a 20% jump from 2011. they will have more business has the fedex and u.p.s. combined. customers will scramble to get packages in the mail for on-time christmas delivery. walmart is trying to edge out the competition for black friday. they are opening up at 8:00 p.m. thanksgiving, two hours earlier than last year. sears and kmart are opening thanksgiving as well. that is this week's "getting down to business," alison kosik, cnn, new york. ♪
well, 2016 is on the minds of some politicians, and several veterans who served in iraq and afghanistan are celebrating their 2012 victory, in fact, a historical election for them. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has more on the veterans ready to take their seat in congress. >> reporter: republican tom cotton a veteran of iraq and afghanistan was one of the big winners tuesday. seizing the fourth congressional district seat in arkansas. >> i don't know what committeely be assigned to ultimately, but i want to play a central role in helping to guide america's foreign policy in the next congress. >> reporter: cotton a law school school graduate was in the 101st airborne division. nine veterans of these wars have won congressional seats, seven republicans and two democrats. >> this is definitely a
historical election for the iraq and afghanistan veterans. there will be more in the next congress, twice as many in the next congress as there are currently. >> reporter: seth lynn has a program training veterans running for office. he says that iraq and afghanistan veterans may finally have found their political voice. >> i think that a lot of people have come home really established themselves in their communities, become leaders, you know, in business, in public service, within their communities and have now been having a lot more success running for office. >> reporter: despite the influx of 9/11 era members into congress, the overall number of veterans is declining. both the house and the senate will have fewer veterans this year than last. democrat tammy duckworth lost both of her legs in iraq and she has just won a seat in congress. she believes that the downturn
is a moment in history. >> the giants, the lions of the world war ii generation step away, and the korean war generation steps away, and when the last of the vietnam vets, as they begin to retire, now you go to the all volunteer force, and there are just fewer of us in general. >> reporter: duckworth says she has spent a lifetime in service, and she believes that service is what has helped her and other veterans win their races for elected office. barbara starr, cnn, the pentagon. thank you, barbara. next the words of the president and the sights and sounds from this veterans day. of tablets from dell. it's changing the conversation. ♪
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[ female announcer ] if you can't afford your medication, astrazeneca may be able to help. president barack obama laid a wreath today at the tomb of unknowns at arlington cemetery just before his speech honoring veterans of every generation. >> today our proud nation expresses our gratitude, and we do so mindful that no ceremony, no parade, no hug, no handshake is enough to truly on for the that service. for that, we must do more. for that we must commit this day and everyday to serving you as well as you have served us. in this country, we take care of our own. especially our veterans who have served us so bravely and sacrificed so selflessly in our name, and knowing that our best days always lie ahead. t