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after a decade of conflict, the american people are tired of war. >> that is the sentiment of many americans as the world awaits a possible u.s. strike on syria, but will president obama bend to the pressure? and will the u.s. military have to go it alone? >> no event are we considering any military action that would involve boots on the ground. >> no boots on the ground.
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we'll show you what aa possible attack on syria might look like. don't get too excited, mary jane, that's a catch. good morning, i'm brianna keilar. >> and i'm victor blackwell. good morning. this is "new day saturday." >> we begin with the crisis in syria. we've gotten word that the united nations weapons inspectors are out of syria. they arrived in beirut just hours ago and are carrying with them any evidence of a chemical attack in a damascus suburb. why is it critical that they've left syria? with the u.n. team out, the window, that's thought, is open here for a possible u.s. military strike. >> cnn exclusive video now. chief inspector angela king flew straight to new york to brief
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u.n. secretary general ban ki moon, telling them results of the chemical weapons test may not be available for a week. >> sources are telling cnn that president obama will be laying out his plans for a syria strike to republican senators today. the administration is going into overdrive, trying to sell a skept skeptical america on a military response. >> the united states government now knows that at least 1,429 syrians were killed in this attack, including at least 426 children. >> not considering any open-ended commitment. we're not considering any boots on the ground approach. >> there is credibility, it will impact our national security for
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generations if we do not get it right. >> we come out, drawn into a regional conflict, which could happen, and more lives could be taken. before any military action is conducted by the united states, we need to have a full debate. >> we stand for democracy. we stand for human rights. we stand for not allowing innocent civilians, including children, to be gassed. >> it's clear to me that the british parliament, reflecting the views of the british people, do not want to see british military action. i get that, and the government will act accordingly. >> what we failed to do here is gain international support for that principle ahead of time. now we are scrambling while our ships are in place to gain that support. >> we know that after a decade of conflict, the american people are tired of war. believe me, i am, too.
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but fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility. >> and as the president's team tries to convince us that the military strike is necessary, a new poll shows that they have a lot to do. just 42% of americans surveyed support a military strike on syria. half say they are against any military action in syria. >> cnn is in beirut, jim clancy is in jerusalem. >> first to beirut. u.n. inspectors arrived from syria a short while ago, out of the country. what's their next move?
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>> reporter: well, victor, the u.n. chemical weapons inspector team will be going to the netherlands now. weapons and evidence collected from the sites of these attacks in syria over the past few weeks. they will be examining this evidence so that they can report on these findings. also earlier today, the lead armament inspector was whisked away in a vehicle. she is expected to brief ban ki moon today about what the next steps will be. beirut, a little over an hours hour's drive, residents in syria and damascus very concerned about what's going to happen, despite the fact that u.s.
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president barack obama has said he has not made a final decision on these strikes. people feel it will happen very, very soon. they are very worried if the war in syria becomes a bigger war in the region what that means for neighbors like lebanon. >> there won't be militarily a lot of company from allies. although yesterday john kerry list aid group that are condemning the syrian regime. >> to hold the syrian regime fully responsible for this crime. the organization for islamic cooperation condemned the regime and said we needed, quote, to hold the syrian government legally and morally accountable for this heinous crime. turkey said there's no doubt that the regime is responsible. our oldest ally, the french,
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said the regime, quote, committed this vile action. >> did you hear that last line about oldest ally, france? britain might not like that, but the relationship isn't what it used to be. when you talk about the uk and you talk about the u.s. and we heard president obama try to emphasize that this special relationship is very much intact. you begin to wonder if maybe it isn't zblm peop isn't. >> reporter: many people are raising eyebrows here, they noticed that britain is not among the friends that support an attack against bashar al assad's regime.
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they went so far as to notice the death notice for the special relationship, saying died at home of a sudden illness on august 29th. there was a phone call between the white house and downing street last night. u.s. president barack obama and the prime minister david cameron discussing not only their personal friendship but also the deep relationship that continues between the two countries. nevertheless, ministers here are questioning britain's role in the world. yesterday, the secretary of defense here in the uk, philip hammond, talked about how uncomfortable it would be for british forces to watch the french take their place by the side of the united states. listen to what he has to say. >> it's a difficult time for our armed forces, having prepared to go into this action, to then be stood down and have to watch
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while the u.s. acts alone. or perhaps the u.s. acts with france. it's certainly a reversal of the usual position and it will be an uncomfortable place for many people in the british armed forces who are used to working alongside the americans as an everyday normal course of business situation. >> so, an uncomfortable place for armed force here in the uk. certainly an uncomfortable place for cameron. the parliament has spoken. brianna? >> thank you so much. turkey is stepping up, with the prime minister saying not only should the u.s. hit syria, but should consider a bigger campaign, pushing bashar al assad out of power for good. we'll go to jerusalem and try to get a sense of how people there are reacting to this news. jim clancy is standing by with a report. what's going on there?
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>> acting very positively and what needs to happen from the israeli point of view, chemical arms and weapons of mass destruction. international resolve. two out of three israelis support a military strike on syria, to punish it for military use of weapons against its own people. but they're nervous that if and when that strike comes, they could be the target of any response. crowds of israelis lining up this week to receive free gas masks, the government increased demand of five hours in some locations, searing heat. that led to frustration with a few fist fights breaking out.
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the risk of israel being targeted is relatively low. either syria or hezbollah or both of them, i should say, know this country respond forcibly to any attack. israeli officials have been told that they would be warned in advance if the u.s. does decide to take action. b richlt a brianna? >> if president obama doesn't make good on what he has laid out, clearly as a red line, if he doesn't make good on the retaliation, that this sends a bad message in the region to israel's enemies? >> reporter: exactly. is the world going to stand up or isn't it? it sees the united states willing to stand up, even though it faces some risks.
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the british parliament, profidious was one of the words used. they see this as a signal of how the world might stand on a nuclear armed iran. that brings very close to home some israelis giving the opinion here today that this is a clear sign, that israel should expect to defend itself and not depend on others. >> so different for americans who are so far away from the conflict there. jim clancy, thank you. we'll continue this conversation with our eight correspondents across the region. this is not just confined to syria. paraphra paraphrasing, this ain't vegas. what happens in syria will not stay in syria. >> no. there's a ripple effect. obviously, that's the concern
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good morning, washington. the sun still hasn't quite peeked out there. no doubt, even though it looks like a sleepy town right now, there are a lot of people in government who are already awake and probably have been for some time. big time in washington amid all the syria news. for people who just happen to be living there, not really having to do with this crisis, it's going to be a warm, warm day for you. 9 degree 2 degrees. >> sorry. was that real world for reals? >> for reals. sorry. that's what i say. no weapons on campus, but -- >> one school is using a rifle to its benefit.
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wncn reports that they will receive proceeds from a rifle raffle. some say this is inappropriate in light of sandy hook and other shootings, but tickets have been sold at $5 a pop. the justice department now says it will not challenge laws on the books that allow people to smoke pot for recreational use. >> cnn's nick wolen krichcia jo. >> they're not going to preempt these states that have passed the recreational marijuana use. as you mentioned, it's things
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like going after drug trafficking, cartels, drunk drivi driving. what this really does is highlights something that's been promised. there have been similar promises by the obama administration before. early on in his tenure, eric holder said they wouldn't go after medical marijuana dispensaries, but they did that anyway. cities like los angeles, a huge crackdown on these dispensaries. it's really, like you said, taking them at their word. if you're a medical marijuana dispensary, you hope that the government keeps their promise. >> legalize or maybe reclassify. because one thing i think people have learned, starting with dr. san j sanjay gupta's documentary "weed." as danger ow as heroin, lsd,
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meth. mixed messages right now. if you're not going after these people smoking it for recreational use that can be as dangerous as heroin. >> if you ask a recreational user, they're going to say no way are they as dangerous as lsd, heroin. if there is a progress to change this from a schedule one drug, she's not aware of this at least right now on the surface, there's no plans on changing it from a schedule one drug. it's still as dangerous, according to the u.s. government, as the drugs that you listed. >> thank you. still to come, we are talking about the controversial half game suspension of johnny football, who made headlines for breaking ncaa autograph rules. >> was the punishment tough enough for the texas a & m star quarterback?
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22 minutes after the hour now. >> high-profile quarterbacks are making headlines off the field. gerald greenburg is here with more on today's bleacher report. tell us about this. >> college football season, saturdays, what it's all about. two-time defending national champs may have a reason to be concerned, a.j. mccaron, a walking boot for a broken toe. winning back-to-back national titles. all eyes on suspended texas a & m quarterback johnny
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manziel. the school said the heisman winner from last year did not accept money but still inadvertent lly committed a violation by signing items. payout the nfl owes to more than 4,500 of its former players. now some of the players are saying they got off easy. not only is the money to be spread out to thousands of players over a 20-year period, the agreement almost keeps the nfl from being found guilty in a court. even been approved by a federal judge. they say the culpability needs to be higher than what it currently is. >> they can afford it, feel like they're owed more.
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maybe they didn't get the better end of that deal. >> to wait that time and spread it out over so many players, the league itself is not being hit that hard financially when you break it down. >> we'll be delving into that more. thank you. a strike on syria could come at any moment. and damascus, one enemy. it's getting ready for another. [ male announcer ] when you have sinus pressure and pain,
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3%. anxiety over the crisis in syria. bob fil nechlt r has left the building. san diego mayor, accused of sexually harassing 19 women officially stepped down yesterday. filner denies he sexually harassed anyone. a spokesman for california's attorney general says a criminal investigation is still under way. city council president is now serving as interim mayor. >> number four, if you're traveling this holiday weekend, you're not alone. i lrn this had at the airport yet. more than 34 million people are expected to leave home for labor day. according to the website trip adviser, 30% plan to fly, 60% plan to drive. they'll be spending time with friends and family and enjoying the outdoors.
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>> is that what you were doing? >> yechlt oh, wait, i'm not enjoying the outdoors. record breaking temperatures forced schools in the midwest to close or cancel sports. let's bring in karen maginnis. come on. cold weather this weekend? >> not a lot. some folks will be cooling off, thanks to a frontal system. looks like precipitation across the country. in fact, there's going to be more sunshine, quiet weather than there will be thunderstorms. that's for today. here comes the frontal system passing fargo, pierre, north platte. farther south you get a drop down in temperature. it's not going to last very long. still some heat advisories out in places like kansas city. you'll see close to 100 degrees.
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then as you go by labor day, it will look like those temperatures will mostly be in the upper 80s. as i mentioned, not everybody will see a picture perfect weekend because along the gulf coast, the midatlantic region and the northeast, watch out for some thunderstorms there. hit or miss. become more numerous as we go into the labor day holiday. watch it. brianna, you're not suffering from heat. it's dragon con. >> what is it? >> dragon con. >> it's a very new thing to me. what is it? >> super heroes and characters. imagine comicon outside of the comic book. >> karen is into it. she has funnily little sparkling things in her hair. somehow that relates to as well. >> i'm dragon con light. >> not dragon con heavy. okay.
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karen, we get it. thank you. the pentagon is preparing for a possible strike on syria and so damascus, likely making preparations of its own. >> tom foremen spoke with retired army general spider marks. >> every day the debate goes on here is more time in which syria can, no doubt, get ready. days ago there would be satellite signals, all sorts of things that we could hone in on or u.s. forces could hone in on. now you would expect something different? >> absolutely, tom. he has unplugged all of his systems that emanate a signal, intentionally going to black right now. >> even if we know where a facility, the u.s. knows where a facility, it's hard to know will he even be there now?
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for example, if you had an office that handled radar communications or commanding control, would what would be in that facility now? >> until we open the door, we don't know. we think we know. we have to assume that all of those facilities have been packaged up and distributed throughout the countryside. if a weapons system is not being used, we would probably see those weapons systems disbursed to places they wouldn't be effective like underneath overpasses. >> you can't move air fields but certainly aircraft. >> those aircraft, i would venture, are already en route. when we invaded iraq, saddam hussein buried his aircraft in the dirt. >> unbelievable, some of the things that might be done out there with this much run-up time. this is radically different than what we have seen in recent years from the israelis. >> they will not give up the element of surprise and they don't spend time building a
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coalition. in september 2007 israelis struck a nuclear facility in eastern syria and destroyed it. just last month, they attacked syrian anti-ship cruise missiles. >> and when did the world find out? >> when they were finished. >> very different approach and that makes a very different playing field right now as both the country of syria and the united states wait to see what's coming next. >> tom foreman, thank you very much. general james "spider" marks will be joining us at 7:30. images of suspected chemical attack are very disturbing. victims gasping for air, clutching towels to their mouths. >> sarin gas may have been the weapon of choice against the syrian people.
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elizabeth cohen takes a look at how this invisible killer claims its victim. >> one of the most lethal things about nerve gas is that they're colorless, odorless, tasteless. sadly, people don't know that the nerve gas has hit them until they start having symptoms. they can include pupils that go down to a pinpoint. people have difficulty seeing headaches, convulsions and respiratory failure. some people can survive a nerve gas attack. that's probably because they didn't inhale a particularly high concentration and/or because they were able to run away and get to a place where there was no gas. if you inhale a high concentration, if you can't get away, the nerve gas can be lethal within minutes. what it does to your body, your glands and your muscles have off switches. the nerve gas turns off that off switch so your muscles and glands are constantly working. that's not good.
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it can cause exhaustion, paralysis and eventually death. now there is an antidote. it's an injection called atropine and works best when taken as soon as possible. brianna, victor? >> elizabeth cohen, thank you. 15-year-old student is recovering after being shot at a north carolina school. the suspect also a student at the high school in winston-salem is also in custody today. it's not clear what the motive was or if the victim and shooter knew each other. it happened after a planned fire drill. firefighters have gained a little ground on the wildfire in and around yosemite national park now 35% contained. 4,500 structures are still threatened. officials have lifted evacuation advisories for three communities. they expect to have the fire
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fully contained by september 20th. well, a lot of people looking forward to september. >> i am. >> yes. stock markets have just end ed their worst month this year. >> great month. alison kosik has the report. >> monthly losses in more than a year. investors were concerned about syria and when the federal reserve will begin pulling back on its stimulus program. that was the focus, even though there was some good news. economic growth picked up in the second quarter, growing at a 2.5% annual pace. despite the rough august on wall street, the beginning of the year was strong. don't be afraid to check out your retirement fund. new fidelity report shows the average 401(k) balance jumped 10% in the second quarter. s&p 500 is up more than 14% this
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year. two big financial wins for same-sex couples. legally married same-sex couples can now check the married box on their federal tax return. they'll be hit with a marriage penalty but get tax breaks for health insurance. at walmart, the retailer will offer insurance for couples who have been involved in a relationship for more than a year. if you don't want to sit next to a screaming child on your flight, you don't have to. five rows for adults only. payee afee of about $15. you can only fly in the new section if you're over the age of 12. malaysia airlines also has some kid-free zones. >> sounds good. >> yeah. possibility of a u.s.
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news of a possible strike on syria has many on high alert. mohammed jamjoon is in lebanon, a country that borders syria. mohammed? >> reporter: tensions ron the rise over the possibility of strikes on syria. many are worried if they might launch retaliation strikes or what iran might do to support
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their ally. countries like saudi arabia have publicly said there should be consequences for the syrians, they've not public ly supported attacks against syria. >> mohammed jamjoon, thank you. ivan watson is at the border of turkey. >> reporter: a lot of traffic here, even brand new cars being shipped in to syria. now most of the syrian fighters we've talked to say they would support a possible u.s. military attack against the syrian regime. and that's being taken one step further by the prime minister of turkey himself, a nato ally. last night he said one to two-day u.s. military strike would not be enough. he basically wants the u.s. to
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carry out regime change in syria. back to you, brianna. >> thank you, ivan. now to cyprus. nic robertson is there. nic? >> reporter: getting ready to evacuate as many as 10,000 from the region. fighter jets flown in for this situation are on stand by. the high altitude spy planes and a wax reconnaissance aircraft flying in and out daily. their role in the coming days will be determined by what happens, brianna. scientists, with help from nasa radar imaging device, have found a new grand canyon. scientists at the university of
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yes, it is a beautiful day. well, wait. let's look at this shot in new york. you can barely see new york. but there it is. good morning. coming up on ten minutes before the hour. no sun to be seen there. it looks like a good day to be at movies. high in the low 80s and some thunderstorms possible. speaking of the movies, there's a fight this weekend between "the butler," which has been number one for weeks and the new one direction movie. >> there is a fight there and also a bombshell when it comes to an nba veteran star. you know lamar odom, right? arrested on a dui charge. the 33-year-old could not perform a field sobreity test and refused a field test. who is more popular? oprah or one direction? well, according to box office
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returning to the show. not as a judge, but as a mentor for the contestants, replacing the departing -- cnn has confirmed nbc and dick clark productions have asked the comedy duo to host the golden globes again. this, after 22 million people tuned in for the first time. number two, congratulations. huge congratulations to fergie and josh dumel. the couple gave birth to their first child with a rock-inspired name. ready for this? action jack. billy ray cyrus said she's still my little girl and i'm still her dad regardless of how this circus plays out.
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the big fast food worker strike all across the country yesterday. costing the fast food chains millions of dollars. the good news is that since people couldn't get whoppers and big macs, hundreds of lives were saved. the nfl is going to get its first full-time female referee. when a player asks her what he did wrong, she'll say oh, you know what you did. >> i love that. it's what we call the good stuff. for that, we take you to ferguson, missouri. you know the music. we took a look at devon melton.
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one day he overheard her crying. she had been diagnosed with cancer and the finances were hit hard. she said she felt like she was failing her 12-year-old son. >> devon goes to craigslist, to the free section, and asks for donations so that he can have a garage sale to help his mom. >> seeing her go through everything, at first, creeped me out. i kind of had to grow to the fact that this is how it's going to be. and i wanted to make sure that at least i'm helping out. >> as you can guess, devon's story went viral. he has gotten hundreds of e-mails from people, offering help. must see moment today. >> you wait for it to happen at every wedding. at some point, things slow down and a relative or two does the unexpected. that's what certainly happened here at this wedding in russia.
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these two guys cleared the dance floor and put on this show. things started off smooth. little two step, back about forth, ask grandma to come out. but then they kick it up a notch. back stands, back flips. >> i feel like it's footloose russia style. >> all that on one arm. >> missed the high five there. >> he missed that. i'm going to let that go. >> he deserves a high five. that was pretty good dancing. the next hour of "new day" starts right now. in no event are we considering any kind of military action that would involve boots on the ground. >> that is the promise from president obama, as u.n. inspectors return from syria to present their findings. but that vow may not be enough to pacify those who think a u.s.
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military strike on syria would be a depragrave mistake. highly interesting turn by the feds over state marijuana laws. don't get too excited, mary jane. there's a catch. most of the paparazzi have their foot out to trip you. they want you to fall on the ground and they want to get that shot. >> losing his cool on another paparazzo. so what's the fallout this team? good morning, everyone. i'm brianna keilar. >> and i'm victor blackwell. this is "new day saturday." we begin this hour with breaking news on the crisis in syria. we've gotten word that the united nations weapons inspectors are out of syria, arrived in beirut hours ago.
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so why is it critical that these inspectors have left syria? well, with the u.n. team out, the window is open now for a possible u.s. military strike. >> this is cnn exclusive video. chief inspector flew straight to new york to brief u.n. inspector general ban ki moon today. sources are telling cnn that the full report from the chemical weapons test may not be available for about a week. sources also tell cnn that president obama will lay out his plans for a strike for republican senators today. the administration is now going into overdrive to sell a pretty skeptical american public on a military response. >> let's check in with our cnn correspondents who are all across the globe here on this syria story, keeping you up to the minute on this. cnn's nick peyton walsh. >> jill daugherty is at the
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white house. and barbara starr is at the pentagon. >> what we do we expect to happen today there? >> reporter: you saw those pictures of angela cain, who led the inspection, returning to jfk airport 11:00 last night. she will, at some point, come into this building where i am today and meet with ban ki moon, the u.n. secretary general, and update him on the progress of that mission. there are suggestions, of course, she will relay part of the initial results of what they found on the ground. then it has gotten a lot murkier in the past 24 hours. we've been told by ban ki moon that once he heard these initial results, he would tell the security council what they were. it was very important when the uk said they were waiting to hear those results. that's now not going to happen. the uk is not involved and the secretary general isn't going to make that briefing, we
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understand, for western diplomats. today, this important meeting will occur. that will begin potential days if not weeks long process of samples being sent to laboratories across europe from the alleged site of chemical weapons use inside syria. those result also come back and then the u.n. will put together its report. it's less relevant now as a timeline for the u.s. you saw that intense choreography happening yesterday, john kerry, barack obama clearly paving the way for what looks like u.s. military action, making their own case and frankly saying that the u.n. is incapacitated to actually assist in what they see as an urgent need to retaliate the chemical weapons use. brianna? >> nick paton walsh, thank you very much. the window now could be open for a strike. if the order comes from the white house, the pentagon will be ready. >> some analysts believe the first strike could come with tomahawk missiles. cnn correspondent barbara starr
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is joining us now from the pentagon. what kind of damage are we talking about that the pentagon would want to do to the syrian military? and can they do that now that the syrian military has been given essentially a heads up? >> well, what you start with is the president of the united states. what is his goal? what is his strat swri? by the president's own words, his plan is to do something to deter future use of chemical weapons. the target list that the pentagon is going to work off of will try to meet that objective. by all accounts, that means they will go after specific things that they believe were associated with this attack or associated with the chemical weapons structure. so look for command and control facilities. weapons delivery facilities, not maybe the chemical weapons themselves. those are very hard to strike, because you can cause a catastrophe. those kinds of targets. and it will be done by the five
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navy war ships in the eastern mediterranean with the tomahawk cruise missiles because those missiles are guided to their target by satellite coordinates essentially, very precise. 1,000-pound war heads. very destructive. the key here is precision. one of the big issues is they want to minimize every possibility of civilian casualties on the ground. brianna, victor? >> we heard from secretary kerry yesterday that we talked about war fatigue, the president talked about being where weary. what are you hearing from the rank and file of the state department, those career workers? is that view of war fatigue shared by the people there? >> well, you know, for the military people, sure. i mean, i think military families are always concerned when they see their loved ones on deployment possibly going in harm's way. in this case, these navy war ships will stay far out at sea, out of range of the syrian
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weapons, but it always causes families concerns, of course. and so many military families have had their loved ones on deployment for so long now. that's always an issue. the president, at least for now, is insisting this will be a very limited, very narrow, very short -- perhaps just a couple of days military operation. he is insisting that he has no intention, boots on the ground, troops on the ground or any type of long extended military campaign. >> barbara starr at the pentagon for us. thank you. >> the obama administration is expected to reach out to senate republicans today to brief them on syria. >> the president made it clear that syria's alleged actions demand a response. it says the u.s. military will not be sending in troops. >> in no event are we considering any kind of military action that would involve boots on the ground, that would involve a long-term campaign.
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>> cnn's jill dougherty is at the white house. what can we expect from the president today? >> reporter: victor, he has cleared his schedule. there's nothing on the public schedule. behind the scenes there's a lot going on. in addition, the white house -- not the president, but the white house officials will be briefing the gop on syria, on the intel, on the options, et cetera. the president is making the caveat, no boots, limit ed interaction, et cetera. if you don't do anything, part of the risk is inaction. >> a lot of people think something needs to be done, but nobody wants to do it. that's not an unusual situation and that's part of what allows, over time, the erosion of these international prohibitions
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unless somebody says, no. when the world says we're not going to use chemical weapons, we mean it. >> and so the president will be here. he will, of course, be talking with his own people. meanwhile, there have been a lot of calls sbrshlly, secretary kerry from the state department yesterday evening, talking with a number of people throughout the day in other capitals and and we're also getting now, victor and bri, some reaction from president putin of russia, that's quite interesting. >> we'll be paying attention to what putin says as well. jill dougherty, thank you very much. russia hates the idea of u.s. intervention, that's the reaction we're getting. turkey says that u.s. plans don't go far enough. >> its prime minister wants bashar al assad out and thinks that now is the time for a regime change.
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the crisis there, we've heard the numbers of how many people were killed. 1.4 million or more of refugees, getting worse by the day. how big a factor is that for turkish support for an attack on syria? >> reporte >> reporter: it certainly contributes, victor. 2,000 are living in camps. this is the border -- one of the border gates between turkey and rebel-controlled syria. there's a lot of just day-to-day traffic back and forth. some of these families we talked to are fleeing the war in syria. some saying they want to get out of the country before any possible u.s. military attack. there's also traffic going in. there's not a huge exexxoudus r
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now. they go fight the syrian government inside and many have told us they want the u.s. to bomb the syrian government. take a listen. >> if obama fight al assad and his government, good. thank you very much. but if he wants to fight us all, you know, this is -- >> reporter: no good? >> this is red line. >> reporter: now another important voice here is the turkish government. last night telling journalists in turkey that one to two-day
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american military attack with would not be good enough. he wants a kosovo style operation that drove the serbs out of kosovo in the 1990s. is he basically calling for regime change. turkey has been one of the most vocal critics of the regime inside syria. >> president obama has made it clear they're not looking for regime change. ivan watson, thank you for your report. still to come on "new day," the justice department now says they will not meddle with states that have laws for recreational use of marijuana. what does this mean for the war on drugs? she loves a lot of the same things you do.
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but in stamps. offered an undercover investigator $60,000 in rare stamps plus jewelry to run over the man. she's been charged with criminal solicitation and conspiracy. some marijuana users can e light up without worry of the feds coming after them. they now say they will not challenge state laws that allow people to smoke marijuana for recreational use. >> now they say they're going to focus on bigger things like trafficking and keeping it away from kids. it's still illegal under federal law. states really just have to take feds by their word here. >> they'll have to take them at face value. they're saying they're not going to preempt these states that have passed recreational usage laws. they lay that out in a new memo to prosecutors saying had an you
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just said, they'll go after traffickers, cartels, drunk driving, and keeping the minors from getting their hands on marijuana. we heard things like this before. very early on, attorney general eric holder said they wouldn't go after medical marijuana dispensaries. what happened? they ended up doing that anyway. in los angeles in my hometown, a big growth of medical marijuana dispensaries overnight. the government thought they were too sizeable, too profitable and shut them down. there's a new study out in washington that says that marijuana is the most popular illegal drug used worldwide. it has u.s., britain, australia, russia, the greatest drug problem. we've been talking about a war on drug fors for 40 years now. >> right. >> $1 trillion. >> a lot of money. >> people feel that's a flat-out failure. >> the government taken its stance, they're going to say absolutely not. i spoke to a source at the dea yesterday. this is what she told me.
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we don't even like to use the phrase war on drugs. that implies a beginning and an end. cocaine use is at an all-time low, touting their achievements there. we know that hallucinogenic use is down as well. ta's very difficult to say if the war on drugs has been a failure because it's an ongoing thing. if you ask recreational drug users, i'm sure they'll say it's a big failure, waste of money. >> banks, for instance, if they lend money to or are holding cash for a pot shop, can the government go after them? right now it's pretty much cash only business. >> that's part of the problem. that's why some people say it's so violent. you go in these dispensaries. you know they have money on hand. you're buying something from your drug dealer. you know it's not going to be a debit card transaction. from the federal government, this opens up and gives leeway
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to the banks so they can loan money to distributors and producers. whether or not they want to do that is up to them. federal money laundering rules are still very much in place and going back to the sizeable portion of the profitability, let's say a bank gets wrapped up in a dispensary that's very profitable, very sizeable. it could very well be shut town and they could be caught up in the middle of this. >> very interesting. nick valencia, thank you. >> you got it. time to say good-bye to vanilla. really? >> yeah, volvo. >> slick new concept coop. some say that miley did he say crated an icon.
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you hear that sound in it is money time on "new day." your money could be affected by what's happening in syria. >> that may be especially true when you're paying for fuel. here is cnn's christine romans. >> just the threat of u.s. strikes in syria is already affecting your money. the worst day for the dow since june, as investors rushed out of stocks and into the perceived safety of gold and government bonds. oil prices already up 50% thanks to instability in egypt, surging to an 18-month high. syria isn't a major oil producer. syria has political, economic and military links to iran, hezbollah and russia. the threat of an unintended
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chain reaction resulting in wider regional stability could push your gas prices higher. just a one-cent increase at the pump takes $4 million out of the pockets of american consumers every day. >> so the last thing the global economy needs today is another headwind that would slow what is already a very sluggish recovery. >> christine romans, cnn, new york. the last day of the month, and what a great month it's been for new car dealerships. j.d. power says with new sales expected to hit 1.2 million units, it will be the best month since the onset of the great recession. on top of that, it will be close to $38 billion. the highest level on record. walmart will offer health insurance benefits to same-sex couples and domestic partners. the nation's largest retailer says domestic partners of its u.s. employees will be eligible,
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starting january 1st. yes, it is almost a week later. and we are still talking about miley. >> oh, my. ♪ oh, yes i do but you're a good girl yes you are ♪ >> miley, miley, miley. did you see that foam finger? you couldn't miss it. the creator of the foam finger, is he not happy. >> come on. >> no. steve shmilar, hope i'm saying that correctly, says she took an honorable icon that is seen in sporting venues everywhere and degraded it. >> is that the photo we choose of miley cyrus? >> she's doing this all the time. it's like she thinks she's gene simmons. it's grossing me out. i think it's an accurate photo to put up right now. >> again, i don't want to be on
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miley's side here. i try not to use the t word. you know which t word i'm using. what she was doing, especially with the foam finger, is part of robin thicke's new video for his next single. i think she was invited to do just that. she had nothing to do with the finger. >> it was a choice. she made a choice. volvo is looking to shed its vanilla image. >> sort of different than how miley is. >> she's going a different direction, all rocky road. >> you like this, victor? the concept coup, the first of three concept cars the company is introducing. >> i like the music. >> it's great. >> described by volvo as a gentleman's or gentlewoman's sports car. listen, i like the 90-degree angles of the old volvo. my great aunt, my aunt maggie has had a volvo her whole life, i think. she got her first car, it was a
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volvo. >> kudos to them to maintaining some of that boxiness, even in the sports car. it still says volvo to me, which i think is cool. fast food wars are heating up. mcdonald's announced the mighty wing. >> oh, mighty. >> this will come in three, five and ten pieces. they're sbroosing it this month. it comes down to the sauce. chipotle barbecue, the list goes on and on. that's the thing. >> not to be outdone, burger king announced the french fry burger. i think people have been doing anyway. now you're just going to charge me an extra 49 cents to do it for me. >> this is the burger for really lazy people, right? >> just put it on the sandwich. >> don't make me do it myself. >> regular king burger with four french fries. >> they're trying to compete with mcdonald's dollar menu.
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i'm brooianna keilar. >> and i'm victor blackwell. u.n. inspectors left syria, spending most of the week inspecting claims that the syrian regime used chemical weapons to kill more than 1,400 people. russia's president calls the claim, quote, a provocation. he says any plans afternoon attack should be presented to the u.n. nelson mandela is still in the hospital. of course, that contradicts what sources tell cnn. mandela was hospitalized june 8th for a lung infection. in georgia, 18-year-old man is found guilty of shooting a baby to death in broad daylight. you remember this story, this baby in the stroller. elkins was spared the death
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penalty because he was 17 at the time of the crime. number four, rather soggy start to the labor day weekend in florida. waterspout destroyed part of this marina in st. petersburg. witnesses say they saw sheet metal just flying through the air and also more rough weather is expected there this weekend. number five, if you have been sweltering, relief may be in sight. record-breaking temperatures forced schools in the midwest to close or cancel sports. now a cold front is marching across the country. how will this affect your holiday weekend? >> nice. hopefully. >> hopefully, you know, can it kind of average things out, karen? >> let's go to meteorologist karen maginnis for the official word. we're just guessing. >> it's kind of an isolated area where those temperatures will be dropping down from upper 90s to triple digits into the 70s and
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80s. that's pretty nice. we still have a heat advisory out all the way from dallas and ft. worth, where those temperatures will soar into the triple digits. that's not going away any time soon. if you are going along the gulf coast, water temperatures in the low to mid 80s. if you are headed toward tampa, temperatures will be in the 80s. along the midatlantic and gulf coast region where those temperatures remain in the 90s. nice water temperature there. brianna, victor? >> karen, thank you so much. if or when a strike against syria takes place, you probably want to know, what is this going to look like? what are the u.s. military assets that are available to president obama? the u.s. has, at this point, six war ships positioned in the eastern mediterranean sea. each of them carries about 36 cruise missiles capable of striking targets all around syria. u.s. submarines in the region are also capable of launching
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cruise missiles. let's take a closer look at the key military bases in the region as well. you've got two u.s. air force bases in turkey. incirlik air base, and sigonella naval air station. there's also an air base in aviano, italy. the u.s. could use a royal air force base in cyprus. all of these are within striking distance of syria. with that background, let's bring in our cnn analyst, retired major general james "spider" marks. what kind of targets will they be looking to hit in syria? i ask this, because when you talk to americans, a lot of them say, are they going to take out the chemical weapons? certainly i don't think that's the expectation. >> i think what the president intends to do -- clearly, this is a very coordinated effort
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within the administration and there will be no ambiguity, he wants to eliminate assad's ability to strike with chemical weapons again. it's a very narrowly defined, tactical mission. the challenge, of course, what does it look like? back to the tactics, the u.s. forces will go after command and control capabilities, integrated air defense capabilities and the delivery means for those chemical munitions, rockets on to which munitions are loaded and then launched. anyone drawing a parallel between what's happening in syria and what happened in iraq -- i have a very upclose and personal experience in iraq did, is a bit faulty. this should not be compared. we have evidence that chemical weapons were used. we have evidence that the regime launched and used those chemical weapons and whether assad directed it or some rogue
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commander -- it's quite clear that as sad direct assad direct. nothing happens in syria unless assad directed it. the stockpiles may not be struck because of what's called the downwind hazard, collateral damage that can occur. the second reason is it would be very difficult and it would require some additional capabilities to go after those chemical munitions. that's also important to note that they might even have been dispersed, that those municipalition stockpiles are in a whole bunch of different locations. >> to make this point, major general, how long do you think this action will take? is it going to be the two days that we've heard mentioned or do you think it will take longer? >> well, it depends upon how you define success. i'm not privy to those classified cables that get into what the desired end state looks like and how they want to measure success. the political realities will drive this, as they always do.
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president certainly gets on a plane early next week, heads off and meets with the g-20 leaders. i think what we're going to see is about a 48-hour campaign, if you will, where missiles will be launched, targets will be hit. assessments will be done to measure the success of the degradation of assad's capabilities. restrikes will be ordered to ensure further degradation or if degradation has not been achieved. then the thing that i think might happen is the chemical -- if we can confirm where the chemical stockpiles are, the united states has in its arsenal the ability to target those stockpiles by limiting, not eliminating, limiting downwind collateral damage. vladimir putin is slamming
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the united states' position on syria. >> calling obama's assertion that syria's president used chemical weapons, quote, provocation. the president, president obama says he is confident in u.s. intelligenc intelligence. >> as you've seen we have released our intelligence that says that syria carried out a chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of thousands of people, including children. >> this is the very dramatic, fascinating part of this. all of this happening just days before president obama heads to russia for a big conference there. the g-20 summit. >> cnn's foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty is at the white house. should we expect to hear from the president before he leaves for stockholm and then on to
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russia? are we expecting to hear from him today at least? >> reporter: we aren't, at least officially. there's no indication that he's going to be making any type of public comments. in fact, his schedule today is pretty much publicly blank, which means he is still working behind the scene and meeting and speaking with his top officials. when he goes to the g-8 -- we expect that will be -- to the g-20, that would be on tuesday. that meeting, which is devoted to economics, was already going to be overshadowed by syria. now president putin is saying, well, everyone is there. we might as well take advantage of it, and talk about syria. but you can bet that either way, if there is some type of military action by the united states or if there is not, there is still going to be just over shadowing completely by syria.
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and i just want to say, bri and victor, when he calls them a provocation, i looked more closely. what he's saying is a provocation by the opposition. and this kind of fits with putin's message all the time that the opposition are really kind of trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the united states, that the u.s. is blindly accepting what they say. and yet he says, look, the united states, if you have that intel, have that data, give it to the u.n. security council. otherwise, as you put it, it means you don't have it. >> jill dougherty, thank you. thises definitely jill's area of expertise. if you are road tripping, taking a turn here -- >> yes. >> some people are. labor day weekend. >> yes. >> busy news weekend. but it is also labor day weekend. more company on the road. >> more people than last year expected to travel this holiday. will you blow your budget at the
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welcome back to "new day." we are in the e-block. valerie harper, the 74-year-old actress told nbc this week she is beating her terminal brain cancer, calling it close to remission. >> perhaps that's why she's rumored to be taking on a huge new challenge, joining the cast of dancing with the star.
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>> joining us to discuss this, ricky smiley morning show. thank you so much for being here. >> my pleasure. >> valerie harper was initially in march given, what did she say, three to six months to live? >> absolutely. i'm a six-year breast cancer survivor. i know how sometimes -- >> congratulations. >> thank you very much. you hear the statistics and the numbers. she's a true testament of someone who has her family, her husband around her. when you're offered things like dancing with the stars that gives you even something else to look forward to. she's saying this isn't going to be it. i'm going to be here past christmas. we already know that this woman has the heart, tenacity to keep this thing going. >> this is a big haul to take on "dancing with the stars." >> sure. >> we've heard others rumored to be on. >> snooki.
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>> got to bring it down a notch, right? >> leah remini from -- what is it? >> "king of queens." >> "king of queens." >> who would you like to see on "dance g w t st"dancing with th? >> you know who i would like to see? you would be great. white, shiny. that's not you? >> it totally is. >> what's up with this photo issue with alec baldwin, back in the news for reportedly man handling a photographer. >> you think about alec baldwin. turn this guy pretty much into a hood ornament. making a citizen's arrest. they said that hilaria, she ducked off into a coffee shop. this isn't his first run-in with the paparazzi, it won't be his last. he confronts them, gets in your face and sometimes you wonder, you think this guy is crazy because alec does so many things
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and you see him in the news for this. a lot of time ice do feel that celebrities, when their privacy is invaded so much -- they just had a baby a few days ago. >> we no that alec has a temper. we will finish by saying that. and let's get to our last topic this morning. this one matters to me. >> wrbreaks her heart. >> it does. >> brianna. >> i like lamar odom, a will thth the -- a lot. i do. arrested him for a dui charge. this is serious. >> it is very, very serious. he posted bail. he would not take any of the testing, posted bail sbefs gone. then you just wonder, you know, is this what it's like when you're married to a kardashian? does it drive you to these kinds of things? i think i know what the problem is from the beginning. >> what is it? >> she did not marry someone
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whose name began with a k. kim married kanye, before that, it was kris. it's hard for people to be compassionate for them. they feel like they want the media attention anyway. >> we'll see how this develops. >> yes. >> of course, we wish him the best. when you think selfie -- thank you, ebony. >> ebony steele, thank you. when you're thinking selfie, you probably don't think of the pope. >> no. 20 somethings like teen girls turning that phone around, taking pictures of themselves. he is joining in on the fun. >> photo of the pontiff posing with young italian pilgrims has gone viral. it may be the first papal selfie. very cool. >> it is very neat. >> if you plan to get away for labor day weekend, you are not alone. >> how much should you budget
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>> this saturday, 2:30 pm eastern.
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eight minutes before the top of the hour. more than 34 million people plan to get away this weekend, and if you are planning a road trip,
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here is good news. gas is actually cheaper now than a year ago, but you better fill up fast, because experts say oil and gas prices are set to rise. cnn national correspondent, susan candiotti, has details. >> reporter: we have good news for people who are traveling not only here along the new jersey turnpike, but everywhere in the country, prices have gone down compared to labor day weekend last year. let's look at the chart right now. last year, this weekend the national average for gas, $3.83, and this year it's down to $3.69, and that's a 14-cent drop. why is that? well, in part you might remember that last year hurricane isaac was churning around in the gulf and production was down, and also there is a drop in demand.
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listen to this. >> because of low interest rates, we have really seen a surge in vehicle sales this year, and the average vehicle gets about 25 miles to the gallon, and despite the ads you see for the big trucks and whatever, that's a good average these days compared to what it was four or five years ago, so that's helping us. >> reporter: everybody wants to save money, right? there are all kinds of apps out there, and one is operated by gas buddy, and others where you can punch in your location on the smart phone and it will tell you where the gas station is that you can get the best deal. >> cheaper gas is always a good deal. thank you. more of "your new day" after the break.
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congestion, for the smog. but there are a lot of people that do ride the bus. and now that the buses are running on natural gas, they don't throw out as much pollution into the air. so i feel good. i feel like i'm doing my part to help out the environment.
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it's time for the good stuff. in this morning's edition, proof integrity is proof what you do when nobody is looking. >> what happened at buddy's small lots in new jersey. >> we got a phone call from the police department saying that there had been a break in at the store. >> however, when they checked out buddy's there was nothing out of place, so curious, right. there was something added, though. money on the counter. so they watched the security video here, and it revealed these shoppers, and it turns out the mall closed at 7:00, and buddy's closes, and all the lights were on in the store, and
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buddy's thought buddy's was open, and they called for a cashier, but there was none, and they did quick math and left the money. turns out they are four football players from william pattern sun university. they say they are shocked by all the media attention. >> just paying for their stuff, right? the store offered a shopping spree for the players, for their honesty. they earned praise from their coach for making him and their families proud. >> we hear so much about the things that three or four football players will do, and it's good to see they get as much recognition when they do something good. >> cool story. >> the next hour of your "new day" starts right now.
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>> the challenge that we end up with here, is a lot of people think something should be done but nobody wants to do it. >> will he or won't he? if so when? that's the question as the world awaits a possible u.s. strike on syria. after a decade of conflict, the american people are tired of war. >> that's the sentiment of many americans as the administration mulls its options on syria, and will president obama bend to public pressure or stick to his red line. a landmark settlement for concussions, but some are saying it's too little too late. good morning, i brianna keeler. >> we begin this hour with
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breaking news on the crisis in syria. we got word the united nations weapons inspectors are out of syria and arrived in beirut, lebanon, a few hours ago and are carrying with them any evidence of a chemical wep kwrupbapons a and why is it so important these inspectors have left syria? well, it's thought for a possible u.s. military strike. >> angela cane flew straight to new york to brief u.n. secretary today, and results of the chemicals weapons test, the full report may not be available for about a week, and the sources tell cnn president obama will layout his plans for a syria strike for republican senators, and that's going to happen today, and russia's president, vladimir putin, today called the use of chemical weapons grove
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occasion by the opposition, and if the proof of a chemicals weapons attack is there then take it to the u.n. >> cnn's nick payton walsh is there. do we expect anything to come of this? >> as we saw last night, the weapons inspectors led into tkau mass discuss, she arrived last night at 11:00, and today it's said she will brief the u.n. secretary general as to what she heard during the weapons inspection. we understood early on he would take it to the security council
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and give an indication of what she said. somebody said that beefly is now unlikely to happen. she will come back here and tell what she heard. there is a process here where the samples taken will have to be sent across europe and we will have to wait for the results before the u.n. inspectors can present their final report, and that could be weeks away. we saw the choreography beginning, and john cakerry layg out a detailed look at what happened, and barack obama says he has not made a decision, but strong indications of what is coming. while eyes are focused on u.n., and for much of the world it's important to hear what the u.n. inspectors have to say, and that's not something figuring in
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the u.s. timeline now. >> thank you very much. president obama says he is determined to hold syria accountable. >> he made it clear yesterday that syria's alleged actions demand a response, but he has not said what that response will be except it won't require sending in troops on the ground. >> in no event are we considering any kind of military action that would involve boots on the ground, that would involve a long-term campaign. >> russian president, vladimir putin, slamming the u.s. and accusing it of jumping to conclusions without providing evidence. >> hi, jill, what is the latest? >> reporter: we are watching the schedule of the president closely, because that would be an indication that something could be happening, but at this point it's blank. now, you can draw or inferences, but of course behind the scenes, just because he does not have a
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public schedule it doesn't mean that he is not doing a lot behind the scenes, so we will try to find that out. meanwhile white house officials are briefing members of the gop on syria, and on intel and on what the next step should be. the president making the case that in action is also a problem. let's listen to what he says. >> part of the challenge that we end up with here is that a lot of people think something should be done but nobody wants to do it. and that's not an unusual situation and that's part of what allows over time the erosion of these kinds of international prohibitions unless somebody says no when the world says we are not going to use chemical weapons, we mean it. >> from russia, the president, vladimir putin, making comments about this and saying it's a
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provocation by the opposition that were out manned by the government and he said if the u.s. does have this intelligence and proof it ought to present it to the united nations' security council and if the u.s. doesn't do that that's an indication they don't have the proof. >> jill doherty, thank you so much. let's go to beirut now. u.n. weapons inspectors arrive from syria in beirut a short time ago. what is next for these inspectors? >> reporter: well, victor, the inspectors that got here this morning, they went straightaway to the airport and they are on route to the netherlands. they have taken this cargo they are carrying with them which constitutes testimonials and evidence collected at the site by chemical weapons, and we expect it will take a week or two to get the results of the test they will be doing. also, we know the lead weapons
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inspector, she has arrived in new york earlier this morning. we have exclusive video of her arriving at jfk and being whisked away in a diplomatic vehicle, and she is going to be briefing the u.n. secretary. beirut is just about a 45 minute to an hour drive from the capital ofdamascus, and people concerned about what will happen next. there's a sense that the strikes, even though there has not been a final decision made by obama, some are saying these strikes are all but inevitable. victor? >> thank you. still to come on "new day," the nfl agrees to pay out $765 million to former players that say the sport did not do enough
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to protect them from brain injuries, but is it too little too late? we'll talk to a former player. president obama and his national security team weigh the options on syria, and we will take a look at the options with our expert panel. [ male announcer ] what's important to you?
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just days before the start of a new season, the nfl reached a historic settlement with thousands of retired football players suffering from brain injuries. it's part of a class-action lawsuit where players and families accuse of league of not doing enough to warn against head trauma. >> the agreement called for the nfl to pay out, but the league does not have to admit any liability. andy has been covering the story for us in the bleacher report. >> this case could have dragged on for years, but by settling it now the dark cloud hanging over the league will go away and players that have concussion-related injuries will get the help they need. for years the nfl and its retired players were at odds at
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how to address injuries that may have occurred on the ground, and there was a landmark agreement reached. here is how the money will be allocated. $75 million for medical exams, and $675 million for injuries, and $10 million for research, and then litigation fees. numerous prominent players like tony door set and jim mcmahon and the family of junior seau who committed suicide last year are all part of the case. the nfl does not have to admit liability, and many consider that a huge win for the nfl and its owners. >> they are almost certainly going to be able to eliminate any future lawsuit from former
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players about head injuries. >> while $765 million seems like a big number some think the players could have done better considering last year alone the nfl had a revenue of $9.2 billion. >> you consider the risk the nfl had on going to trial on each of the individually complex claims, the potential exposure was in the billions and that's a conservative estimate. >> the hands is in the hands of the judge, and former players can still voice their opposition. >> only players that retired by the time the concussion settlement is approved can be included. >> thank you so much. joining us now is former nfl player, chuck smith. you played professional football for more than eight years and
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suffered severe concussions and possible memory loss as a result of that and you are one of the players involved in the suit. >> are you happy with the settlement? >> yeah, i am happy, really happy. the reason i am happy -- i don't look at it as a lot of former players, but i look at it as an opportunity for the league not to end the dark cloud over the players' heads, but it's a bright light over all the new players and youth players and moms and dads who wanted answers and you finally got an answer from the national football league saying it was an issue and it's something that happened, and regardless if they admit that they are at fault or not, it's a day to celebrate, and the old players will be taken care of and an example of the young players, and realizing there are things you have to take care of along the way as a football player whether you are in the nfl or not. >> do you think they are doing better of prevention? >> yes. >> do you think they are aware
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of what they need to do to prevent it? >> the issue was getting the awareness out there, and the first thing accomplished here in the climate of conclusions in the nfl, and it has to do with all levels of football, and yes, it needed to be put out there in a way that everybody recognizes that it's there, and i think the first thing is getting international publicity for an issue that it's an international game now, and the nfl and football as we know it is not just an american game, it's an international game and it's an issue that we have to deal with now and help them later. >> you know there are people who are not happy with the settlement and say there have been traumatic injuries because of the game, and people have died and some committed suicide, and they say it's too little too late. essential essentially, is the game of football safe? >> well, yes, i will say there is no game 100% safe. when you play basketball, you dribble the ball and there is a
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chance you blow your knee out, and if you throw a pitch in baseball, you can get a tommy johns on your arm, but they have put it on the table and say we have nothing to hide, and there are a lot of people you will not settle to get a civil settlement, so there will be old guys disappointed and old guys happy and owners might be disappointed and some happy, and anytime you want to create a partnership, and that's what this is at the end of the day, them coming into a partnership saying we have to help these guys, and there are going to be people disappointed and happy and that's the price of doing business when you have such a large case as we have here. >> real quick before we go, you teach players how to prevent concussions? >> yes. >> what do you tell them? >> the most important part of
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being a football player is eye control f. i can't see it i can't protect myself, and i have a tackle academy in conjunction here, and the first ever concussion institute in the southeast as we know it and with the great dr. shapiro, so i am involved in it and the first thing you teach them, the foundation of what we know as football is everybody around the world needs to understand vision, and it's called eye control. if i don't have vision, i can't see a person to tackle nor can i protect myself and to help limited flexibility and football ability, and if you can't bend wro your ankled you can't put yourself in a position to protect yourself. >> how to be more effective and save your brain. it's not an arm or a leg when you are talking about a brain, it's an entirely different thing. thank you so much. >> appreciate you guys letting me come.
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of course. scathing words before, but wait until you hear this. why christie is bragging he kicked the president's you know what. and williams plays the third round match tonight in the u.s. open against her opponent. here is an open court look at some of her victories. >> i think it is just starting to sink in, that she truly is one of the best players of all-time. >> to me overall, she is the best i ever seen her play, but the whole package. >> her 16 grand slam titles earned her at a seat at a table. >> to have me being that little girl from compton, mentioning my name with them, i feel like i am just like everybody else, and i
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politicians, you know, they don't always say the smartest things. this is what happens, and this week -- we never have a week that is an exception and this
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week is no exception. cory booker is running for u.s. senate. >> always somebody that makes politicians say what segment. booker is making headlines, but it's not because of what he is saying about the economy or education, and he says he doesn't mind when voters question his sexuality. in an interview with the "washington post" on saturday, he says, i love seeing on twitter when somebody says i'm gay, and i say, so what does it matter if i am? so be it. i hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption. >> here is what was said to the publication, news max. >> i don't know if you saw the stories last year, they have been out quite a bit about how he likes to go out at 3:00 in
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the morning for a manicure and pedicure. >> there was a previous statement by booker that a previous girlfriend got him hooked on pedestrian cures. >> his peck fetish is how it was described. i have a more peck fetish, i like a good scotch and cigar. >> this election is not about validating cory booker's lifestyle. the problem is he is too liberal for new jersey and i don't want him to bring his failed policies to the federal level. >> booker responded saying his republican opponent missed the boat on what it means to be a man in america. >> we were talking about this all morning, and actually not about this specific topic, but about the pedicure -- >> are pedicures okay for a man? they get themselves into trouble when they talk about this. >> i don't mind talking about it, i like a good pedi, and it's
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a good part of grooming and habit. i think you should go and get a pedicure. >> there you have it. >> new jersey is all over this segment this week. we will talk about the state's governor now, chris christie, and he says he kicked president obama's you know what. he beat the chief in an arcade game. he made the comments on wednesday during the ask the governor's radio show. i kick the president's -- you see it there on the screen, and for the football throw, and he threw, like, three or four times, and the president, poor guy, never got it through the tire, and i on the other hand threw one and put it through the tire and declared the victory, and i got my prize which was a chicago-stuffed bear.
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a republican, running in a blue state and talking about palling around with the president, so that could be a good thing, and he talks about beating him. e kwropb >> but i don't know what them walking with a teddy bear does for -- >> yeah, i know. a serious turn here. syria already in flames from civil war. just ahead, we will ask a former general and ambassador about how a u.s. strike could impact that conflict. good morning, christine. >> hi, the president says the assad regime crossed a red line but is that red line clouded by red ink. the biggest bills from the wars in afghanistan and iraq have not come due yet, and some say the u.s. can't afford another conflict. that's all coming up at 9:30
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but for all these symptoms, you also take kaopectate. kaopectate gives you soothing relief for all those symptoms. kaopectate. one and done. bottom of the hour now, welcome back, everybody, i am brianna keilar. >> i am victor blackwell. inspectors on their way to europe after looking at claims that the bashar al assad regime used chemical weapons. all the while, the civil war
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drags on. this video shows air strikes from earlier today. >> and as president obama weighs a strike, the administration is trying to keep congress in the loop. the president has said syria needs to be held accountable, but he has not said exactly how. he said any u.s. action would not involve sending ground groups and it would not be a long campaign. >> and nelson mandela is still in the hospital, but that contradicts what some are telling cnn, and the president's office says mr. mandela remains in critical but stable condition in the hospital, and mandela was admitted june 8th because of a lung infection. number four, another precedent shattering moment for pope francis. he takes the first selfie. he is posing with a group of
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italian teenagers, and the picture has gone viral. >> she was one of four supreme court justices to vote to overturn the law that defines marriages between a man and women, and she is set to become the first supreme court justice to officiate the same-sex marriage. it has been legal in the district since 2009. we know that after a decade of conflict, the american people are tired of war. believe me, i am, too. but fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility. >> the pentagon might be tired of war and the u.s. troops may be, and that's a luxury the
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military cannot afford. >> and the armed forces will be ready if president obama calls for a strike. barbara starr joins us. how does battle fatigue play into the planning of the pentagon? >> good morning. it's just as you said, in this country there is civilian control of the military, and if the president of the united states orders action the u.s. military responds, no questions asked. but the reality, military families are retired and hundreds and thousands of troops have been on constant deployment for years, so there is a sense of wariness, and the budget at the pentagon being cut and resources stretched thin, and so that's the back drop of the current environment that we are looking at. but the president is saying, of course, this will be a very limited strike, that this is not all out war. what you are looking at right now at least is five u.s. navy warships with cruise missiles in
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the mediterranean, most likely if the president issues the order will be the ones to fire the missiles at targets inside syria. this will keep the u.s. pilots out of syrian airspace, and no boots on the ground, and militarily, a very limited operation, and partially, there is a war wariness and also a sense of military strategy that they are not going to get more involved in this, no appetite to get involved in syria's civil war. >> thank you. the u.s. military strike on syria looking more and more likely, we put together a panel of political and diplomat ying and military experts to talk strategy. >> christopher hill served as u.s. ambassador to iraq, and he is currently the dean at the school of international studies at the university of denver, and james fighter marks is a cnn military analyst and andrew
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tabler works at the washington institute where he focuses on syria. good morning to all of you, gentlemen. >> good morning. >> ambassador, first to you, at this point grade the obama administration's efforts so far? >> this is a response to the use of chemical weapons that have been banned for almost 100 years, but the administration encountered head winds in this, and there's a broad perception which i share where there has not been enough of political contacts and a diplomatic strategy for dealing with syria. that said and all that criticism said, i think it's important that we respond to the use of chemical weapons.
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if assad can get away with this in front of the international community, this will happen again and again. i think the administration has to respond and its finding itself in a lonely position. the u.n. has not done anything, and other allies spoke early, and have sense been quiet about it. if we look at our congress, very few republicans have stood up to say anything, except mccain saying that the administration is not doing enough. so i don't think it has been a good week for anybody. >> general marks, i want to follow-up on something you said earlier in the show today that any comparison of what is happening in syria, what will happen in syria likely and what happened in iraq is a false comparison. we had yesterday secretary kerry stand up and make the case for going without the u.n. and not to wait for the report, and kind of skipping over another european country as years ago we were talking about freedom fries
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after france decided not to go with us in iraq and yesterday i heard former u.n. ambassador talking about the coalition of the willing. is there any surprise this is not popular, and you have americans wincing at this plans with the residents of the iraq plan and the start into that war? >> clearly the immediate scar tissue very visible on everybody is our experience in iraq, and so we tend to go back to what we learned from that experience, and what we didn't know in advance of the decisions to liberate iraq, and the operations that we conducted there. what we see in syria is, again, a far different situation in that for the course of two-plus years, almost three years, and years and years of assad's regime, both his father who was a murderer and his son who is as brutal, what we have seen in syria, we have acknowledged as
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an atrocity, and we have chosen to fence it in and keep it in its box. what we have done is in essence walked up to the edge, now with the use of chemical weapons, and we said there was an outrage. i completely agree that something must be done. this is in violation of international law, but there isn't -- my point is there isn't a comparison between what we know now relative to what assad has done and what we knew then, relative to what saddam hussein was going to do and capable to do. >> we heard from mike rogers, the republican chairman of the house intel committee, and he says the house has to act to reinforce obama and the red line that he talked about on chemical weapons. let's listen. >> i believe when the president called for a red line, and by the way the red line has been crossed numerous times, the full
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credibility of the united states was put on the line, some 60 years of walk softly and carry a big stick is at stake here, and one of the reasons the world behaves in so many places is because of the strength of the united states and its conviction that we will do things when we say we are going to do things. i think all of that is at stake here. >> is that at stake here, andrew? does the president have to strike? >> i think at this point he does. it's not just a rhetorical box or corner that he painted himself into, it's just that continued use of chemical weapons, and i don't think this has been the first instance in syria, causes this problem to get worse. it leads to the breakdown of the country for refugees to flow outside of syria's borders, and all of syria's neighbors are u.s. allies and it threatens to destabilize the countries, and we have a lot invested in the security architecture, and it
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affects the gas prices and stock market and we have regime supporters in the army attacking our major newspaper websites, "the new york times" in the united states, and the war in syria is going to continue, and unfortunately syria is not las vegas, what happens there is not going to stay there, unfortunately. >> elaborate if you would about the larger audience for this strike. >> i think what we are going to have is a situation where we are going to have, you know, the launch of missiles to hit regime units that were responsible for the use of the weapons. i don't think we will hit the stock piles themselveses and syria has one of the largest in the middle east, and we will see other facilities hit, and it's not a question of when and where, but as well as the overall position in the conflict. >> ambassador, a closing thought from you on what you think we
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should expect, and also what the risk here is of retaliation? >> it's important to understand bashar al assad is not the most popular leader in the middle east, and there is no country apart from iran that is supporting him. i think when he is hit, and i do expect a strike, i don't think that there will be much complaints from anybody except maybe we did not hit them harder. i think the iranians are worried about this, and i think frankly give then the new iranian government i hope there are efforts and a back channel of the u.s. to be talking to the iranians. it's another story, but it relates to this one. so my sense is that as much as the build-up has been on this retaliation for the u.s. of chemical weapons, syria will go on being what it is, which is a miserable conflict without end until somebody steps in with a
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this weekend florida may dig up its tragic past. crews will begin to exsaoupl the unmarked graves of boys, but some students say they were beaten there decades ago, and
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they remember school mates that disappeared without explanation. we explain now the saga reached this point. >> reporter: 31 rusting crosses with no names mark the spot where students from a now defunct all boys' school were laid to rest years ago. now a team of scientists from the university of south florida is trying to unravel the mystery. >> even if we can't name them, just the fact that they are not lost with trees growing through them is a big sur sreus to the community. for decades state officials insreused 31 boys were buried here in the grounds of the school. but the bodies were never properly accounted for, and some died in a dorm tory fire in 1918, and what haunts the place is the school's painful history. over the last few years, dozens of former students have come forward to say teachers and
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administrators of the school dealt ruthless beatings, sexual abuse and even murder, using high-tech equipment, the researchers found evidence of at least 19 more bodies buried in this area, and their research of school records also showed the bodies of another 22 boys who died at the school were never accounted for. >> this baby hears him. >> owen was sent to the school and was never seen of again, and it was said he died of pneumonia but she heard a more sinister story. >> looked back and my brother was running across the field and three men were shooting at him with rifles, and i believe to this day they shot my brother that night and probably killed him and brought him back to the school and buried him. >> she was recently swabbed for
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dna with the hope it could be matched to her brother. before the discovery in the cemetery, a florida state investigation in 2009 determined there was no evidence of criminal activity connected with any of the deaths or abusive treatment at the facility. one former school administration denies allegations but admits spankings did take place. criminal charges are highly unlikely, and dozens of former students have called that investigation a cover-up and an attempt to whitewash the school's beautiful past. >> you have to have witnesses and looking at all the statements taking place, nobody can place a name with a homicide and a perpetrator. >> the boys now are grown men and are searching for answers from long ago. >> ed, this is a big day for the former students, for their families. give us an idea of what is going to happen today.
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>> reporter: well, there are teams out here and they will spend the next few days. they have the areas cordened off, and the areas behind me is where the white crosses have been here for several decades, and you see the white tent in the background where the researchers found evidence of more bodies, so over the course of the next few days they will exzoom and look for bodies that might be there. >> any idea when answers will be available? >> you know, it's hard to say, because we have no idea how long it will take to kind of do all of the research. several months for sure. and then what kind of conditions the bodies are in and what kind of evidence they will be able to take away from what they find in the corpses that they dig up here. it's hard to say what they will be able to do. they have taken dna swabs from
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many families members in hopes they can reunite loved ones with remains. >> we'll be right back with breaking news on syria. [ lane ] do you ever feel like you're growing old
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good morning, everybody. i am brianna keilar. >> i am victor blackwell. you are watching "new day saturday." the white house now confirms it's briefing republican and democratic senators today
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regarding the situation in syria, and a white house official says the following officials will participate, susan rice will participate, and she is obviously the national security adviser, and john kerry, secretary of state, and chuck hagel, the defense secretary, and cnn foreign affairs correspondent, jill doherty is at the white house. these are some of the folks who have been in such with members of congress already. >> reporter: right, they have. they are continuing to make their case. the white house officials do think that they made that case, at least on the intel front yesterday when they released the assessment and now they, of course, have to present this. again, it's unclassified. they want to present it to these members, both republicans and democrats, and the rational or what the president wants to do, the type of action that he wants to take, and as we know it's supposed to be limited. also on the intel assessment, they feel that they made their
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case, even though it's brought with high confidence. high confidence actually is a technical term in the intelligence business, and it means one step below confirmation, however they believe it's compelling. what did they bring? some of the most important points were there were rocket launches by the syrieayrian for the white house says 90 minutes before the chemical attack took place, and the hospitals treated nerve gas symptoms and there were hundreds of victims and they were brought quickly into the hospital, and medical personnel looking at them and confirming that they were the results of chemical weapons or chemicals in general, and one of the most compelling, the interception of communications of a senior official that was
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heard in the conversation that there was chemical use and they were concerned the inspectors might see it, and there is more, of course, but those are some of the most important points. the president, again, making the.tthe point that if you don't take action, that's a problem in and of itself. there has to be some type of action. let's listen to what he said. >> part of the challenge that we end up with here is that a lot of people think something should be done but nobody wants to do it. and that's not an unusual situation and that's part of what allows over time the erosion of these kinds of international prohibitions, unless somebody says no, when the world says we are not going to use chemical weapons, we mean it. >> the president uses the word
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paralysis, and he believes there is some type of paralyzes, and he seems determine to break that paralyzes. >> could you put into context the possible complications or challenges for the president if he does not strike before he leaves for stockholm and then on to moscow? >> reporter: there are many in terms of taking that action, but if you are talking about what happens when he gets to the g-20, which is where a lot of international leaders will be, that was already going to be a hotbed of comments about syria whether he took the action, does take the action or does not. it's going to be overshadowed by that. the host of that is going to be in st. petersburg russia, and the host is vladimir putin, and he is saying we know it's about economics but as long as everybody is there let's discuss syria. the white house made it clear that they don't expect a
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one-on-one between the president and putin, but there could be a very interesting conference to watch precisely because we don't know from moment to moment what is going to happen there, in the state of play at that point could be very different from right now. >> is there a sense, jill, i guess if he were to say -- let's say hypothetically if he were to strike but to wait until after the g-20, it seems like that would create a whole host of other complications for the president then doing it before then. >> reporter: it does. as our pentagon team has been reporting, some of the problems would be the syrians obviously know what is going on, and they know at least publicly what is being said by the united states and what is being said by the president, and they could be moving chemical weapons around or troops around and they could be preparing as they must be, and they say they are, for any type of action, and that calls into question, if you are taking
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military action, what do you strike, and where is it and has it moved, etc. the longer you wait the more complicated it becomes, and the president has made it clear that the timetable that he is setting is his own timetable, and it's not going to be dictated by any other country or anything else. >> jill doherty, thank you so much. now, some members of congress are now calling on president obama to allow for a full debate for striking syria. democratic congresswoman, barbara lee, will be joining us to talk about that. we got word that the u.n. inspectors are out of syria and on a plane to europe and carrying with them evidence of a chemical weapons attack on august 21st, and why is that so critical that the inspectors have left syria? well, it's thought with the u.n. team out perhaps the window is now open for a possible u.s. military strike. the administration indicates it will act without a u.n. mandate if it comes to that.
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>> by the definition of their own mandate, the u.n. can't tell us anything that we have not shared with you this afternoon or that we don't already know. and because of the guaranteed russian obstructionism of any action through the u.n. security council, the u.n. cannot galvanize the world to act as it should. >> let's talk with cnn's nick walsh at the u.n., and there are some that would after hearing that ask why not wait for a u.n. mandate? detail why that is simply out of reach for the u.s. >> reporter: well, i see the outline there saying there was a russian veto and there historically has always been into play when a resolution could be passed that would be critical of the syrian assad regime. we have a complicated timetable ahead of us here, and one which i think if you listen to john
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kerry and the koechoreography o him and barack obama today. ban ki-moon the u.n. secretar secretary-general will hear from angela cane, and she will brief him in the building, and we anticipate at some point later today. there had been expectations from ban ki-moon himself saying he would pass on initial findings to the u.n. security council, and i hear that will not happen, and i think in the weeks or days ahead when the final u.n. inspectors' reports will come forward, and they are tweeting they charted a plane to go from the middle east to take some of the weapon inspectors with samples they took from the site for testing, and those results could take weeks to come forward, and that's when they will put forth of final report. is the united states going to
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wait for that, and that seems unlikely at this point just when you heard john kerry said they decided chemical weapons would use, and the regime did it, and when they put forward if chemical weapons were used, not assign who used them when the report comes in. >> the past week has seen a furious debate over whether war is the right thing to do, or military action is the right thing to do. take a listen. >> united states government now knows that at least 1,429 syrians were killed in this attack, including at least 426 children. >> we are not considering any open-ended commitment. we are not considering any boots
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on the ground approach. >> there is credibility in this that will impact our country and our national security for generations if we do not get it right. >> we cannot, however, be drawn into a regional conflict which could happen, and more lives could be taken, so before any military action is conducted by the united states we have to have a full congressional debate. >> we stand for something in the united states. we stand for democracy and human rights and we stand for not allowing innocent civilians, including innocent children, to be gassed. >> it's clear to me the british parliament reflecting the views of the british people does not want to see military action, and i get that and we will act accordingly. >> we gained international support for that principle ahead of time, and now we are
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congress wants its say on syria and any u.s. response to an attack. one of the lawmakers is joining us now, democratic congresswoman, barbara lee, and she represents california's ninth district. thank you for joining us so early, on the west coast especially. >> pleased to be with you. >> explain your position on a military strike on syria. >> the world cannot stand by and watch the gassing of innocent
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civilians and children. chemical attacks and assaulted on people anywhere in the world must be dealt with and must be dealt with in a very forceful way. i am saying with regard to the issue around military strikes that it's very important to recognize that as the secretary of state said, there is no military solution to this, that this requires a negotiated settlement and what i am concerned about is congress has not had that full debate nor a vote, if in fact the administration is going to use force. we have to look at what the implications and the unintended consequences could be. what are the ramifications of unfortunately the possibility of a regional conflict, a regional war, will more innocent people get killed and will chemical attacks continue? we have to look and weigh all of
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the options before any type of a military attack is taken. i believe congress and the american people really should have that information, and should debate it and should cast a vote as to whether or not this is the correct strategy, and some would vote for it and some would vote against it, and the ramifications are grave and we have to do something and have to do it in a way that does not create more chaos and carnage. >> one of the reasons you were a leading voice on this, because 2001, a few days after 9/11, you were the only member of congress to vote against giving president bush sweeping powers to respond to the 9/11 attacks. this was obviously a very much a moment where people look back a few years later and said when public opinion changed, they looked at sort of what you said many more people would say as a more informed decision than they thought it would be at the time. here we are this much later, and
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it's -- i wonder -- i want to play devil's advocate with you here, and if the u.s. does not act and president obama does not make good on his word, what message does that send to other foes of the u.s., like iran? >> we have to really recognize that, especially in the middle east, the region is in chaos. there are civil wars taking place, especially in syria, and the united states has to exercise its leadership and try to bring together international coalition to move towards some form of a negotiated settlement. the signal and i think the communication to the rest of the world should be is that we are going to condemn and hold those accountable who have engaged in the terrible, terrible slaughter, but we are also going to move to try to achieve some
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semblance of stability, and this is not afghanistan, iraq or libya. in 2001 the resolution that i voted against was a blank check. it has been used over 30 times to engage in some form of conflict and hostility, and that resolution needs to be repealed because that's a resolution that allowed for an open-ended war, and this president said should force be used it's going to be targeted and not open-ended and we have to believe that. what i am concerned about and what many of us said in our letter, and there are 64 that signed that letter, is that we should consider the implications and the impact and the ramifications of such a strike, and is this the most prudent way to hold the assad regime acco t accountab accountable, and will it stop the hostility to allow a negotiated settlement. >> i am running out of time
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here. if the u.s. has strange bedfellows between liberal democrats and republicans who want consultation here, if this were to go for a vote before the house, authorization of force, would it pass? >> that's hard to say because we have not had a debate. there is bipartisan -- at least consideration of wanting to do an analysis, a debate, and understand the full implications and the american people, i think, really deserve that debate. so i think there is some bipartisan consensus that there should be a debate and a vote. i am not sure what that vote would be. but minimally, we should really afford the american people the opportunity to know the pros and cons, and understand if we take military action, what the ramifications and what the unintended consequences could be so that the country is prepared and if the president is moving forward on this he will have the
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mean rain where you are. >> let's bring in our meteorologist from the cnn weather center. what can we expect? >> we are looking at temperatures cooling off a little bit, at least across the northern tier, and that means thunderstorms erupting across this region, and temperatures go from 90s into the pleasanter 70s. and across the southeast you will have to drop maybe some of your plans to head to the beach because some pretty widespread rainfall all the way from places like houston and beaumont towards new orleans, and also into charleston, south carolina, and don't think you will be able to dodge too many of those thunderstorms, but it looks like they materialize over the next several days or so. and we will watch a weather system coming off the west coast of africa, and you go to a big ball game, ohio state, 83 and a chance of thunderstorms today. back to you. >> i will take 83, but not the thunderstorms. >> i will take 83. >> karen, thanks. we know if you want to get
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away for labor day, there is time here. >> gas prices cheaper than last year, you might want to hit the road, but fill up fast because experts say oil and gas prices are set to rise. >> our national correspondent, susan candiotti is in new jersey. susan, what can people expect to pay at the pump? >> reporter: well, those prices have not risen just yet. i will tell you whether you are living here in new jersey and taking the new jersey turnpike, it's not bad nationwide. the prices have actually gone down compared to this time last year. let's go straight to the numbers. compared to last year labor day weekend the price for a national average for a gallon of gas was $3.83, and this year it's down to $3.69. that's a drop of 14 cents. here where i am, it's only $3.45. the big travel day was yesterday, actually, and the next time of course will be labor day when everybody is
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coming home. why are the prices down? analyst say a few things are in play, for example, there is a good supply. also this time last year, hurricane isaac was churning around in the gulf and that kept a hold on production just a bit and slowed it down, but also this year a drop in demand, people are using cars that are more fuel efficient, for now everybody is filling up to take advantage of the good prices as long as they can for the last summer holiday of the season. back to you, brianna and victor. >> thank you. coming up at 10:00 eastern, does the president have to ask congress before a military strike on syria? we will talk with lawmakers on both sides. congressman elliott engel, a democrat from new york, and a republican from virginia. stay with us. yeah. i heard about progressive's "name your price" tool? i guess you can tell them how much you want to pay and it gives you a range of options to choose from.
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