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our medical bills from your smoke? if you want to smoke, smoke in your apartment, because it is legale f lbut do us all a favord keep your windows closed. that it is for me right now. and now we go to brooke baldwin. >> well, you tell them, randi ka ka kaye. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com the devastation is the still pouring from joplin, missouri. they are expected to get a short break from the weather as they are still trying to find survivors from the tornado sunday. and now the number of dead has risen up to 118, and 117 people thus far have been found alive, and reports of cries for help underneath the rubble come in sporatically, and most of them turn out to be heartbreakingly false. search and rescue leaders say that people who want to see the
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damage, stay out of their way and stay home and watch cnn, and stay home. and so there are three areas that were hit hard, downtown area hit hard with apartment buildings, and home depot where ceiling beams were turned into twisted piles of metal, and the third is this, what was once a walmart and now little bit more than a field of debris. look at this part of the store accessible which is the parking lot. watch this with me. >> this car upside down. windows shattered. totally demolished. this pickup truck destroyed. it is one car after another. the amount of devastation here, and here comes this vehicle. i want you to see this. you don't see this -- it is just incredible to take this in and see what is happening here. >> just car after car after car like that. and this is the joplin neighborhood, and look at the car here, because the grandmother who owns it came
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this close to being in that car's driver's seat when the tornado hit sunday. this is her granddaughter speaking. >> she is lucky to be alive right now. >> reporter: she was just getting ready to leave and get in the car and take off? >> yes, she was scared and got scared to walk out of the door when the lady told her not to go outside and she wanted to get home before the storm hit, and a lady grabbed her and told her no. >> story after story, and t.j. holmes is live in joplin, and i know that joplin was your first of the job, and i want to ask you what it is like coming home in a sense, and i have been watching you all day today and set the scene for me, and it is more active now for the storms returning this evening? >> it is very active right now. you know what, go ahead and go around, maddog, because she is asking how active it is right now. and this is how active it is.
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you are seeing a lot of vehicles and traffic coming by and a couple of guys in atvs and these folks are taking care of themselves right now. yes, the federal government will come and get that money and assistance, but we are seeing the family members and people who have come in to hep families from all over the state, and i have talked to strangers, brooke, who said, we just drove over. where should we drop this stuff off? you might hear the noise and we are hearing chainsaws and hammer, and they are getting the lives together, but at the same time i know that you have covered the tornados as well, but i cannot ever figure out how nature does what it does. if you look to the left here, there is a piece of a roof of some house around here that is inside of a car. >> look at that! >> and how the roof got into the car, i mean, you just, it leaves you to wonder how in the world can nature do this? but it does it. that's -- it is these escene s
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don't get old, because they are the same every storm, but somehow they are different. half of the house is gone, and would you belief that a family survived in there. and not just that, but another family ran to the neighbor's house to get help and banged on the door and nobody would answer, because they had taken cover. that other family survived the tornado going right over them while they sat down and crouched in front of the front door. go figure, brooke. >> well, it is one of the things having covered things like this, but it is one thing then, t.j., to be in the thick of it covering it, and then in the midst of living the reality, but you have lived there in joplin, t.j. we have been looking at the twitter feed, and of what was your old building and here is the link and the picture, and it is gone. how long ago did you live there and how emotionally to go back to remembering what once was? >> well, you know, the university of arkansas is about
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60 miles down the road fromp joplin, and this is my first job out of college. i came here right out of college and first job in journalism, and that is the first place i have lived. i have helped the crew around saying we need to go here and there and know where some of the things were, but they were asking me, where is your apartment complex and get a sense of where we were, and i have no idea. we were sitting right next to the apartment complex, and i could not tell it was there, and we had to have a police officer say, yes, 20th and connecticut and that is when i knew. i am not the only one, because i have been reporting saying that so much stuff i used to know is now unrecognizable and a guy told me today, he said, man, i have lived here 22 years and today i got lost in town, because all of the markers that let me know where i am in town are gone. >> are gone. are gone. and i can't imagine finding your way around and in stories like these, i am amazed by the folks
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in the neighborhood asking you if you would like some lemonade, because they are so generous. thank you. >> you got it. >> and sunday, the tornado spared nothing in the path. jacqui jeras is outside of what was a catholic church, and it is amazing the stories there. the priest sought refuge in the bathtub of the rectmy and pulled out. . >> it is so hard, brooke, because one wall is standing and everything else is rubble. you cannot make out a pew really inside of that building, and you know, notice the cross. that is what is still standing. it is providing a lot of hope for people around town. if you can pan off to the left, you can see that everything is levelled in the area. you can see the hospital and the cross. and the community here says that they are a faith-based community and seeing that cross still standing is a sign of hope that they will recover.
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now, we are also hearing the stories about survival, and you mentioned how the priest here is a pastor and his name is father justin monaghan who has been here for 15 years helping the community, and this time they had to help him out. when the tornado approached he did what he has always heard to do for safety and that is to get himself to the bathroom. >> i decided to wait until the end of the noise, and then i opened that door, and everything was black. it was all covered. >> and father monaghan says he had to stay in the bathtub for 50 minutes or so with rain pouring down on top of him. he said when the parishioners got there to rescue him, they could not find him because he was covered in the rubble. he had to take a piece of wood and stick it up in the air so they could find him, and they spent time clearing it off to get him out of there safely.
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he does not have a scratch on his body. and now the people who come here to church to pray, are showing up to try to save anything they can out of the churchf. >> talk about a time when the faith is truly tested. jacqui, before i let you go, so we can juxtapose the images. this is a before of the church, and so this is the before picture on the left-hand side and you see the cross and the beautiful blue sky, and the right side is the aftermath and the devastation, and it is amazing, jacqui, because you have covered the stories where the people come together and pull through. >> they do, and one note of amazement is believe it or not, this church has been hit by a tornado before in the late '80s when the front of the church sustained damage. and that cross that was built in the '40s is still standing today. >> wow. from the '40s. and coming up, jessica alba
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all right. i want to talk to chad myers here who has watched the whole thing evolve over 48 hours, and you are e le tare telling me th watch for more, there are tornado watches in effect? where? >> things could spin inside of the box to be tornadic storms and that is oklahoma and kansas. the sun is out and heated up the atmosphere, and we heard, well, the sun was out here in joplin and so nice. and i am thinking, that is what you don't want. you don't want sun when there is a potential for the severe weather, because it is warmerb and wants to bubble more. the storms can be more severe. and it has not been sunny oklahoma city, which is good news. that has limited some of to heat, but the western part of oklahoma, well, it is going now and going gang busters. this storm right here weatherford, clinton, and that thing is 70,000 feet in 30 minutes. it would have been amazing to watch that storm go up in the air. here is another watch box here in yellow, and it should be red, but whatever.
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there is wichita, and dodge city and the big cell rotating adds well. every cell you see today could rotate at any point in times and rotating storms can put down the tornadoes with little or no warning. i assume that all of these storms will get warning on them. the potential for ef-3 and ef-4 and elusive or impossible ef-5 is possible today because of the high risk and the humidity in the air, and because of the storm out of the southwest, and it is cold air aloft and warm here and the cold air just kind of wants to hold it down a while, and then the heat breaks through and itp pops up and the storms are crazy into the sky, and the storm chasers are on them and we will keep you advised as much as we can, and i suspect that we will see 20 to 50 tornados today, and a lot. but where they are is if they are in unpopulated areas great. if one runs over, and one big storm sunday night, and it hit joplin, missouri. if we get one storm to hit a
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populated area, we are scrambling crews again and people are in danger. >> come back over here, chad, because this is the one final over arching question, because we had the tornados in alabama and now this recent one, and people are asking this question, what is going on? why is this happening? >> well, there is a trough in the jet stream. it is to the east and the southeast of denver, colorado. it comes up and turns to the right. that is a low pressure. when low pressure is like that, it makes storms. the storms follow the trough and follow the track and that storm track has not changed for months. >> okay. so there is some sort of scientific basis for all of this. >> yes, when we have hours we can talk about this, because we are going to be talking about this all day. introducing purifyingounc] facial cleanser from neutrogena® naturals. developed with dermatologists... it's clinically proven to remove 99% of dirt and toxins and purify pores. and with natural willowbark it contains no dyes, parabens or harsh sulfates.
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it is a number that we can't take our eyes off, and that number being 118 which is how many people are confirmed dead in joplin, missouri. this makes sunday's tornado the single deadliest to touch down in america in 60 years since the national weather service has been reporting this essentially. i want to show you new pictures just in to "cnn newsroom." this is from joplin, and shot by a man who jumped in his car to do whatever he could to try to help after the storm. this is part of what he saw.
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[ no audio ] imagine waking up and that is your reality? the destruction, but we wanted to share the silence with you. this is shot by one of our i-reporters james redmond there in joplin, and i will speak to him in a couple of minutes about the video, because this is a snippet of the nine minutes he sent into cnn. i want to bring in josh marsh who hosts a morning radio show there in joplin. and josh, i know that your station, i know that you are going wall-to-wall over this
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story, and i know that you are being called the glue holding joplin together right now. if you can, walk me through the past 48 hours there in town, and tell me what kinds of calls have you been getting? >> well, the truth is that we have been wall to wall live coverage since 4:00 yesterday afternoon. we tracked the tornado in lebet county, kansas, and then everything went dark and we went on backup generators and just like the rest of joplin we were in the dark like the rest of everybody. and then the cell towers went down and nobody could send text messages or receive calls, and everybody was isolated. that is when we offered a special type of programming to open up to take calls and be a hub so we tried to connect people who tried to connect with loved ones. that is what we are doing still at this hour. >> how successful have you been,
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josh? from this hour, it is 1,500 people still unaccounted for and people taken from hospital to hospital, and you can't keep up with it all, and do you have success stories that you can share, i hope? >> oh, absloutly. it started right at the beginning. we had a massive twister, as many of you know, and one story i this of is when we first got on the air and started to take phone calls and up with woman called in and said, i'm pregnant with twins. i don't know where my husband was, and he was working at the timef of the tornado, and so, she came to us, and asked us, can you help us find lindy? and so it was a matter of moments and the resiliency of the city of joplin, and said that lindy is okay, and she called back crying in tears that she was thankful. we have had success offering that service. and do you know where this person is or that person?
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there is no communication, and these people have no way of reaching each other and we have try fied to become the avenue o hope. >> yes, josh, we were sitting around the editorial meeting wondering how are they keeping track of the people unaccounted for and how to connect people a to b and what a crucial and invaluable role you are playing. have you slept since this hit on sunday? >> well, i was able to get a little bit of sleep, but it pretty much, i was on the air at 4:00 sunday afternoon, and it was around 10:00 monday morning that i was able to lay down for a few hours and got up to tour the storm damage and went back to being on air and trying to connect people. that is what we have realized here at the kzrg, it is more important than ourselves and sleep and this is the one service we can offer, and hearing the families reunited, it is worth it, worth it all. >> and josh, what about if you
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can be asked about your own personal situation, if you have family? your own home? is your situation stable? okay? >> well, i was extremely fortunate. as you will see some neighborhoods hit and other missed? my home was not hit. at my station, two of my employees, their homes, one is gone and the other damaged, and so for so many people, they came in toe r report and no homes whatsoever and people in the hospital, so i was fortunate and blessed in that aspect and made me more determined to help the people i could, and i can't say more about the employees there at the radio, because even without a home and people in the hospital, they are working tirelessly. we refuse to leave anyone alone in the dark. >> amazing, josh. we as members of the community salute you for all you are doing. the final question is tauklkingo chad myers here about the threat
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of more severe weather. and are people concerned about what could come? >> well, we actually already had one round of severe weather, and it seemed like a slap in the face and the cruel irony to give updates while you are giving severe thunderstorm warnings, and yes, people are concerned, because as you look at the buildings and the devastation, some of those are on a knife's edge of falling down completely, and a big concern for workers trying to dig through the rubble that it could complicate the shish issues and certainly not helpful to find those who may still be alive. >> thank you for taking a moment away from helping the community and sleep that you could be getting to talk to me from kzrg in joplin, missouri. thank you. >> thank you. and coming up next, hosni mubarak may be out of power, but he is not out of trouble. why the former egyptian leader could be executed by the government. and in iran, you will face
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consequences, and new pressure is applied today.
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we will get you brak ack to tornado aftermath, but first a couple of stories. hosni mubarak will face trial after the uprising that drove him from power in february. if he is convicted, he could be executed. prosecutors say he ordered police officers to use live ammunition when they fired into crowds of protesters and he is accused of corruption. his two sons are also charged and will go on trial as well. wreckage of that helicopter that, stealth helicopter used in the deadly raid on osama bin
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laden is now back in the united states. we are getting that word this afternoon from the pentagon. remember all of the navy s.e.a.l.s and the s.e.a.l. team six had to leave one of the choppers behind in pakistan after the coupe operation. and before they abandoned it, they did try to destroy it so no one could get their hands on the top-secret technology, but the tail section and some other pieces of the debris were not fully dedestroyed. and the u.s. slapping sanctions on seven companies found to be working with iran in the energy sector. they are from monaco, and singapore, and even an israeli oil company, and they say they get cash from companies they work with to fund their own nuclear program. they say it gives the u.s. morleyway wawa wawa waway -- m those working with iran to develop their nuclear power.
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congress a couple of hours ago. and now remember it was a couple of weeks ago when president obama got criticism on his own speech on mideast peace negotiations, and today, prime minister netanyahu got more than two dozen standing ovations, and yes, we counted. there was reaction that the peace borders be the basis for the peace negotiations. he talked about hamas and the push for statehood. >> in any peace agreement that ends the conflict, some settlements will end up beyond israel's borders. and now the precise delineation of those borders must be negotiated. it will be generous about the size of the future palestinian state. but as president obama said, the border will be different than the one that existed on june
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president obama and the first lady getting the royal treatment, and really royal treatment in london. the first couple made the obligatory meet and greet rounds and touring the portrait gallery with queen elizabeth and prince philip, and catching up with william and i can't say kate anymore, because she is officially catherine, and the
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guard of or more review at the palace. this is a full pomp and circumstance ceremony. and brianna keilar got a great gig there in london. brianna, can we talk momentari y momentarily, because we are waiting for the state dinner to begin, and i have been given details of the china and it is a certain number of inches from the plate, and very fancy. >> there is a lot of protocol, and even though it was a packed schedule, it was not heavy lifting diplomatically, and that will be more tomorrow talking with president obama and prime minister david cameron talking specifically about libya and the move forward there, and we heard from jay carney, the press secretary of the white house that both of the nations are
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looking for ways to help the opposition, but also what they can do in a post gadhafi-er a. we heard that today because british troops are serving only second to american troops in afghanistan, and the current uprising. they are both looking for deficit reductions, but state dinner, and there is a lot of fun events throughout the day, and formalitieformalities, and watch to see -- and also, i have to tell you that they are sleeping in buckingham palace tonight, and did you hear this? >> well, do tell. i read your twitter board, friend. >> i know. okay. so they are sleeping in a six-room suite that i will call them will and kate spent their wedding night in, and a palace aide said it may not be the same bed, but it is the same suite. >> i love that brianna keilar is getting all of the details that we, americans, would like to
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see. this is life picturesinside of buckingham palace, thank you, reuters, andand as we look at t beautiful pictures here. we just got names that were passed along to me, and other folks who will be there and in addition to the royal family is richard branson speaking with davidm cameron and looking down the list, we are hearing that kevin spacey and helen bonham carter, and tim burton, and gordon brown, and so it looks like they are all beginning to walk in and helen mirren -- no arrival yet, but we will try to dip in as we drop in on the speeches and the toasts there. but brianna keeilakeilar, i wan go back to you shg, because
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everything was tilted forward because of the volcanic ash, and any notice that they will change the itinerary again because of the ash from the volcano? >> yes, we came in last night instead of this morning as planned from iceland. and everything is on schedule, but the white house says they are keeping an eye on the ash and a lot of flights are cancelled from london to areas north of here. >> and the real work happens tomorrow, but let's talk about the presidential ping-pong, and guys we have the video, but can you explain how this came about? >> okay. so what you had is prime minister cameron and let me tell you, brooke, i can't see the video, so i am going to go with you, and vice president cameron and president obama went to the globe academy and they are doing amazing things there at the school, and they wanted to
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highlight. and there is a lot of low-income kids there talking about innovation, and education, and so they ended up in a ping-pong match against two young school kids there. you could say it is a synonym for the alliance they have. i think they the school kids won, because it turns out that the prime minister is really bad at table tennis. >> looks like the president is overcompensating, but that is off of the record. speculation. brianna keilar, what a wonderful time and have a nice trip traveling there with the president, and again, i want to remind everybody as we look at the pictures as everyone is walking through forwards for the pomp and circumstance and the protocol inside of beautiful buckingham palace and keep in mind this is the only second full state banquet for a president under queen elizabeth's reign, and the first was for the first president bush
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lt and is that kristen chenoweth? what a fun room that would be. and now, we will keep an eye on that table. from the queen victoria's day with the china there. and we will stay on this and also the story in joplin, missouri. when disaster strikes, we owe it to the i-reporters to brings the raw images from the scene. you are looking at a block after block of a flattened town. the i-reporter who filmed the images says he will never forget the look on the rescue erescuer as they arrived trying to help. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity, and investing billions of dollars to improve your wireless network experience. from a single phone call to the most advanced data download, we're covering more people
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the massive tornado that slammed into joplin, missouri, with 200-mile-an-hour winds and if a house or car was in its way, it looks like this now. guys, play the tape. now, this video was shot by james redmond. he jumped in his car and drove more than an hour to get to joplin to help do whatever he could do, and he found the scene of total destruction, and he is going to join me live from his home in rogers, arkansas n a
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moment. but if i can switch back and take you live to london. was that prince charles passing by? hillary clinton and camilla, and they are joining the procession which began with the president along with the queen. here they are, and there he is the president and the queen followed by the duke of edinboro and mrs. obama. let's listen in. ♪
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>> are they playing -- ♪ >> so i was having a quick conversation with the control room, because i was wondering that they will play both national an thems ooidthems, an everyone will have a seat. as i mentioned before i have sheets here, because all of this is so significant from front of them, the kand lcandelabras, an fruit service and dessert back to the 18th century, and to the
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left and the right of the queen and in part of the view, these two large candelabras with three and six-double branches and all of this is very, very significant, and the cutlery is measured away from the plates. all of this -- this is only the second, as i said the second american president who has been honored with a state dinner banquet. we will sit here for a moment, and i know that there will be speeches given and presumably the queen first and then the president. we will listen in. >> mr. president, i'm delighted to welcome you and mrs. obama to london. prince philip and i are so glad that you are visiting the united kingdom again. we have fond memories of the g-20 conference in london in
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2009. it also gave me much pleasure to welcome mrs. obama and your two daughters here almost two years ago. your visit to this country inevitably reminds us of our history, our common language and our strong intellectual and cultural links. it also reminds us that your country twice came to the rescue of the free and democratic world when it faced military disaster. on each occasion, after the end of those destructive wars, the generosity of the united states made a massive contribution to our economic recovery. today, the united states remains our most important ally. our two nations contribute to
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the security and prosperity of our peoples. and of the world through shared national interests. but our relationship goes far beyond our military and diplomatic ties. in your inaugural address, you spoke to the american people of the values that lay at the heart of your nation's success. honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism, and of the sturdy alliances and enduring convictions with which your nation had met past challenges and would meet future ones, too. if i may say so, these values underscore much of the life of the united kingdom, also.
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together, with our alliance, they continue to guide our actions as we confront the challenges of a changing world. it is unfortunate that there are so many troubles facing the world today. today but we are encouraged that in most respects our two countries see these problems in the same light. for this reason, we have been able to act together in fields as varied as science, research, and higher education to find solutions, or at least to make progress towards economic and difficulties that confront nations in all parts of the globe. entertainment may not be so honesty an example but forms part of the lives of a great
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many of our people we have enjoyed the fantastic musical productions and what we call films but what you may prefer to call movies. they have achieved considerable success in your country. this exchange of people and projects has enlarged and invigorated our common language. although i think you will agree we do not always quite use it in quite the same way. mr. president, i firmly believe that many of our shared links and share interests will continue to ensure that when the united states and the united kingdom stand together, our
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people and other people of goodwill around the world will be more secure and can become more prosperous. ladies and gentlemen, we are here to celebrate the tried, tested, and, yes, special relationship between our two countries. i therefore ask you to join me in raising your glasses to the continued health, success, and prosperity to the people of the united states of america and especially to the health of president and mrs. obama. ♪
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[ applause ] >> your majesty, thank you for your extraordinarily generous remarks, for the invitation you extended for our first state visit in europe and for the warm friendship that you've shown both michelle and myself on both of our visits to buckingham palace. i bring warm greetings from tens of millions of americans who claim british ancestory, and
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malia and sasha who adored you before you let them ride in a carriage on the palace grounds. prime minister cameron, mrs. cameron, and distinguished guests, it is a great honor to join you again in this great court tree as we reaffirm this special relationship. this dinner is a humbling reminder of the fleeting nature of presidencies and prime ministerships. your majesty's rein has spanned about a dozen of each and counting. that makes you both a living witness to the power of our alliance and a chief source of its resilience. our alliance is a commitment that speaks to who we are. as winston chunk hill said on a visit to the united states,
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above all, among the english speaking peoples, there must be the union of hearts, based upon convictions, and common ideals. while our challenges have changed since churchhill's time when we fought together to preserve our very democracies, our adherence to those values have not. our relationship rests on common language, common history, common adherence to the rule of law, the rights of men and women, the very ideals born in this nation. and yet our relationship never rests. as we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, i'm particularly thankful for the solidarity that the united kingdom has shown over the last decade. from that date to this, you have been our closest partner in the struggle to protect our people from terrorism attacks and
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violent extremism around the world despite very heavy sacrifices here. and allow me to pay tribute to the contributions of your military forces which have stood shoulder to shoulder with us for decades. and as we confront the challenges of the 21st century together, we can have confidence in the partnership that our two countries share, based on the rock solid foundation built during queen elizabeth's lifetime of extraordinary service to her nation and to the world. ladies and gentlemen, please stand with me and raise your glasses as i propose a toast. to the majesty, the queen, for the vitality of the special relationship between our peoples and in the words of shakespeare, to this blessed plot, this
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earth, this realm, this england, to the queen. ♪ ♪ >> and now as the glasses are lifted, next comes the fun part, the food. they are about to be seated. the state banquet is about to begin. quickly, because i know you want to know what they are going to be eating, sole, lamb, vanilla dessert. when we come back, keep in mind the president will then continue on to france and then poland and be back in missouri by sunday and we want to bring you back to
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it is now the single deadliest tornado in recent u.s. history and at this hour folks in joplin and elsewhere across the united states are bracing for even more. i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. >> we are still in search and rescue bhoed. people's lives are at stake. >> rescue crews working fast as another round of storms move in and the fears grow. >> there is no place to hide now. >> we'll show you the rescue efforts in the middle of the ruin. >> i have a wife and two kids. we lost everything in the tornado. plus, once a member of sarah palin's inner circle. today, frank bailey is spilling secrets. his he is talking about being
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the first dude and what happened when sarah palin held the highest office in alaska? and travelers beware. a volcanic ash cloud is on the move and many airlines are already canceling flights. welcome back. i'm brooke baldwin. i want to begin with joplin, missouri. the people of joplin are still reeling from the deadliest tornado to strike in recent american history and it wasn't just 48 hours ago, what is left there on the ground in joplin, let's watch this for a moment. as far as the eye can see, devastation in large swaths of
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the city. not a car or truck is upright. in the joplin area alone, now confirmed 118 people are dead and about 1500 others' whereabouts are unaccounted for. i want to go straight to t.j. holmes. t.j., tell me where you are, where are folks and where you are with regard to the rescue effort. the clock is ticking because we know more severe weather is headed your way. >> reporter: yeah, like you said, a couple clocks are ticking. but you asked where people are. i'm going to show you an image and let my photographer move over and this will tell a story without me saying a word. this is what is happening here. this is not just staged. i didn't ask her to sit there. i didn't ask her to hold on to her dog. this woman has been here -- we've been here all day going through rubble. her house, you don't see it really because it's actually relocated to the other side of the street.
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if you pan out to the other side, that's it across the street. that's what she was going through. the rubble is over there. her address is over here. and she has been here all day. she was able -- her dog, as you can see, is with her. she's just sitting in front of her house. she didn't want to talk to us or do an interview but she didn't mind us showing her home. she essentially said, it was a beautiful home. she said it was gorgeous. you know, so much and around the neighborhood, there were beautiful homes in this area and all around. but just to show you that image, and it is certainly striking to us to see it, people holding on to the only thing that they have left sometimes. you see little items, pringles and things that she's been able to pull out. she hasn't been able to find her passport or anything of significance but she is holding on to her dog. to what you talked about a moment ago, two clocks have been ticking here. one, trying to get to people and
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get them out. there is only a small amount of time when people are trapped in the rubble. and then that other clock right now, you can tell it's not as sunny as it was. clouds are moving in. i haven't looked at the radar but they are telling us that in about an hour we start being under -- local time at least, 4:00, under that window for severe weather and it goes until midnight. so people hear that after what just happened. they are certainly taking that seriously. i'm sure people will clear out at the first sign of a thunderstorm or lightning or a little rain. but right now they are trying to get all that they can get done, done. but in some cases, like the lady behind me, brooke, like i said, i don't have to say much for this picture here to tell the story. that picture is being told house by house and block by block. >> it's breath taking, seeing that lady look at what once was. we've seen in these pieces of video, some of these crews are
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marking an x and that means that they have searched through the rubble, there are no survivors. have you seen anyone pulled out from these pieces of what was once a house? have you seen any of that today? >> reporter: not at all. we spent a good deal of time last night -- specifically, at my old apartment complex that you and i talked about earlier, that is just gone. there were cadaver dogs going through and we stuck around to see if they were able to pull someone out. that is good and bad, i suppose. certainly the good news is it's great that they didn't find anyone. there's no one under there. but at the same time you wonder if there are plenty of people that they are not finding. if they are running out of time to find them. so far, not that many reports necessarily. i haven't -- you may have better information than i do about the numbers of missing. high numbers of that. >> 1500 that's the number that
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we're hearing. >> reporter: some of that -- as you know, some of that certainly is -- people are not just accounted for. we have to make sure we say, hey, that doesn't mean that someone is under rubble. but communication is shaky. in neighborhood by neighborhood, we're not seeing the desperate searches saying, this is the last time we saw them, they were under here somewhere. we are not seeing that in a lot of neighborhoods. but that's a high number that you just said. so we really don't know for sure. >> t.j. holmes, this was your first job out of college and looking at the images of what was your apartment and you can't even show the crew around town because you don't recognize it. i'm sure that's the case around the whole town of joplin. thanks to you. these are just amazing, heart-stopping pictures that we've just got in to the cnn "newsroom." this is video shot by a man who jumped into his car, drove to
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joplin to do whatever it was that he could do to help after the storm. here's just a piece of what james redmond saw. again, this is video shot by one of our i reporters. in fact, james is joining me from his home in rogers, arkansas. james, i don't even know where to begin. we've seen this video here at cnn. it's about 14 minutes long. if you can, one image that you shot, what one image will forever be with you? >> it's probably just that big tank sitting in the road by
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somebody's house that you just go, where did that come from? and then cars that were compacted to very small. those were unbelievable. >> from what i read, you jumped in the car with one of your nurse friends, you went to the free man health system hospital where you saw -- no one's electricity was working so people were having to take notes by hand at this hospital? >> yeah. like they were saying, mass confusion there but it was orderly. the nurses were writing down people as they could, keeping track of it. what i know is that -- why don't we put it on a laptop? so i helped them create a database for that. >> you also said the most grim aspect of what you saw was seeing the looks on some of these rescue crew faces.
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we're thinking about lost loved ones and folks unaccounted for. but there are rescue crews out there trying to find these people and they are living through this as well. >> yeah. they are human beings and you could see the sadness, the shock on their faces. that they are having to dig through this rubble, this mess and try to find people or bodies. and you could tell that they just affected them and they said that they are going to have post trauma after the event because it was so overwhelming. >> of course. and just really final question here, is there any one positive sign that you saw? because we're looking at your video and it is just destruction
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after destruction. anything that provides you and others hope? >> well, it would just be incredible support, all kinds of people coming together like from the state troopers to the nurses to the rescue team. they said, we're going up there. we don't know what we're going into. we believe we're needed but we're heading up there. >> it's amazing, folks are so compassionate and the need is very much so there. james redmond, thank you very much. anyone can hop on our website and look at your video. we thank all of the i-reporters that are sending in these videos. also, we're monitoring severe weather threats. t.j. alluded to three clocks that are ticking. these are live pictures over the skies of oklahoma. chad myers was just talking about this. he mentioned tornado warnings earlier. we'll check in with chad and check in with some storms that are popping up right now. coming up next, a former member of sarah palin's staff is
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about to reveal some secrets in a tell-all book, including information about her family life, e-mails, many, many e-mails they exchanged and why he felt misgifgs about her after spending so many years by her side. frank bailey joins me live. don't miss this. car connection calls the xf, yet an instant classic." with sports car styling and power, plus the refinement and space of a luxury sedan,
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i want to take you back to 2008. the senator would announce his running mate, a woman, a woman, a conservative from alaska. unless your name is frank bailey, then a governor of sarah
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palin his life would forever be changed. he has written a new book called "blind allegiance" and documents the time before an ugly breakup that has resulted in him being investigated by the alaska attorney general. frank bailey joins me now. i got this as a manuscript. i tell you what, i spent some hours reading this thing and i want to begin with this first question. you write in the beginning about how you joined the sarah palin crusade for change back in november 2005. you seem politically smithen by her. what drew you in? >> you know, myself along with many other volunteers fought so hard because of the principles that we believed palin would fight for as well. the political climate in alaska was good at that point and we
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believed that she could come in and clean up alaska. i am not the only one. there were many that worked tirelessly to get her elected. >> and you describe how you flip open the white pages, cold call, e-mail her, and the rest is history. you kept some 50,000 e-mails between sarah palin and yourself. the legal tea of publishing them has been questioned. this is a message sent by sarah palin to campaign staff suggesting that they start a phony letter writing campaign to various newspaper editors. she actually had written, dear editor, it's been a pleasure watching our life-long alaskan gal sarah palin campaign for governor these past six months. sarah tells it like it is. you said you felt compromised participating in that particular and several others after the
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fact letter campaign. in what way did you feel compromised? >> the letter writing piece was one of many pieces but i, over time, the book is very much a confessional where i own things that i did wrong and that i participated in that later on, you know, as time went on i started to look back on and realize, what are you doing, frank? and things that sarah pass obsessive about. rigging the online polls and how important that was to her and tip us off every single time one of those polls would come up and we could do everything we could to try to vote, clear cookies, getting eight, ten computers going at the same time. those were minor things. there are bigger things, things that i have to live with, bugged my house over a long period of time. >> bugged your conscience -- allow me to press you for a moment, it bugged your
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conscience and you write and say, you were an active participant in this, even though you say it was "blind allegiance," it's tough as a reader to be very sympathetic. >> you know, brooke, that is absolutely fair and you go into something vesting so much. you look at it like a relationship. i'm such an optimist. i want to believe that the next day is going to be better. day after day you do some things that are great and that you feel good about and then you stick with it. you keep pushing and pushing and pushing. there was a final straw moment. >> you stayed with her for three years and nine months. >> yes, i did. >> but i want to fast forward to 2008 to when palin is governor, you're working in her administration and you develop
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misgifgs abo m misgivings about her. you say, were senator mccain's other choices to distasteful that sarah's baggage was worth the price? you were on the inside. what was going on in sarah palin's life then? >> you know, her style of leadership was absolutely chaotic. you've got to understand that because i vested so much, when she got tapped for vp, i was absolutely overjoyed and on one sense absolutely terrified. what if this person actually did become vice president or president? she is not an organizer, i will say politely. >> i want to ask about todd because there's been so many questions about the role that he played, her husband, the father,
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giving the family slack. what role did he play? take me behind the curtain. >> you know, todd pushed the palin brand a lot. he would tip us off to her mood and what ideas we should spring for the day. he would send e-mails. i found myself -- the book talks about how often todd would push me to do one thing, sarah would be denying that i was doing it. certainly something that i got embroiled in in 2008 was full of those moments. >> you talk a lot about how todd is saying don't tell sarah and sarah is saying, don't tell todd. >> that's right. >> what was it like in the palin camp after the katie couric interview and what did she really think of her job in alaska? stay right there. we'll also get to the live coverage of the severe weather
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bearing down on the midwest. this is kansas and ominous pictures of oklahoma. back in one minute. >> what other "negotiating" skills do you have? > i'm a fifth-degree black belt. >> as am i. > i'm fluent in 37 languages. >> (indistinct clicking) > and i'm a master of disguise >> as am i. > as am i. >> as am i. > as am i. >> well played naomi pryce.
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okay. here we go. we're thinking maybe -- we think there may be a tornado forming. we're going to keep our eye on this particular picture and we have our guys in the weather center doing the same thing. we are monitoring large sections of the country, including the storm headed straight for missouri. right now, though, i want to take you back to frank bailey, once a member of sarah palin's inner circle. they call themselves the rag tag group.
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my next question and i mentioned the infamous moment, one of the defining moments was the katie couric interview when sarah palin was asked what are you reading. she couldn't source any newspaper or reading material that she relies upon. she sucked in ratings before she stumbled on her little gig mocking me. so, frank bailey, in your three years and nine months with former governor, how often did she play the victim? >> she loved to play the victim. that is her m.o. and what is sad is people who believe like i do politically fall for that. and they don't ask those tough questions because those big bad folks are beating up on her. watching that couric interview was painful because sarah palin is not stupid.
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she reads. i feel like she didn't want to paint herself as too alaskan or too pro alaskan at that point, trying to broaden her horizons and it was very sad to watch that. >> you do mention several different sources that she was reading specifically in alaska but she didn't cite them. one more question, former alaska governor has not ruled out a presidential bid and i want to pass along this palin e-mail this is before she kit. she is saying, i hate this damn job, this flipping canning ka radio court joke of a job. is that why she quit? that's not what she told the american people. >> you know, i understand that. very soon after the presidential election in 2008 i think she honestly just got tired of her time as governor. some important things with the state of alaska got brushed
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aside. there was a very important attorney general nomination and many things like that where being alaska governor, what alaskans entrusted her to do was just second rate to her with this new found fame. >> we have been doing our due diligence and reaching out to the palin's to get responses for your book. we heard from them today and it's long so standby. they say frank bailey was the only member of the palin administration to be found to have acted unethnically twice. he is currently under investigation again by the state attorney general. then, as the administrator of certain e-mail accounts he acted it unethnically by appropriating account information that he was entrusted to protect. governor palin suspended bailey and refused to hire bailey when he south a position on her vice presidential campaign staff and later with sarahpac.
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mr. bailey has an ax to grind and a bend in his book. two completely photos twisted and photoshopped to create a fraudulent image. the book belongs on the fiction shelves. mr. bailey, what do you make of that? >> you know, there's a lot of stuff in that statement that is false. and one thing the reader cannot miss when they read "blind allegiance," is that there are many owning moments in this book. there are things that i deeply regret that i did that i talk about in "blind allegiance." i hate to say it, but i think palin just is wanting to veer the discussion away from the factual things in this book, like improperly coordinating and lying to the media, lying to the folks in alaska. >> you are being investigated by the attorney general. is this -- is their allegation
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that you photoshopped an image to create a fraudulent image, is that correct? >> the image that is up there on our book is a recreation of a very difficult moment in my life and, yes, it was put together by the wonderful folks at howard publishing. >> thank you, frank bailey. thank you for coming on. appreciate it. >> brooke, thank you so much. coming up next, breaking news, severe weather akrcross t midwest. chad myers will join me in 70 seconds. we'll be right back.
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i want to talk to chad myers about a tornado that has been spotted in longdale. >> that's right. it's about six blocks wide, six blocks long. this tornado is half a mile wide on the ground right now by spotters and by helicopter pilots. it's wrapped in rain. i can tell you there's a tornado on the ground and i can show you a picture from a helicopter and you cannot see the tornado. >> and that's the dangerous part because people think it's just rain, they don't see the tornado and they don't move. >> that's exactly right. the dark let tspot under the letters, koco, that is a tornado on the ground. this is the western parts of oklahoma where there is a lot more wheat than people but this town is in the path of a very large tornado if you are in longdale now, you need to be in your safe place at this moment. >> chad myers, keep us posted
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and let us know how that evolves over the course of the next several hours. >>. hood graduation was supposed to be joplin high school it was right up until the tornado tore through their home town leveled their high school. casey grant is one of joplin's brand new graduates. less than an hour before the tornado she gave an uplifting commencement speeches, full of memories, cherish your memories, gratitude of the past and hope for the future. casey is on the phone with me from arkansas. casey, i read bits and pieces of your speech and say life may lead you in any direction but only you can decide who you will be in the future. talk about the weight of the
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words today, casey. >> well, obviously only we can decide who we are in the future but a storm like this it decides so much for us. this tornado completely swept out our town and so many people don't have a place to live now. they can't do anything about that. however, they can decide how to feel about this. >> i love the optimism in your voice, casey. if i can ask you in terms of the time line, help me understand. it's you and 455 classmates on sunday. you're walking across the stage, flipping the as it sell to the other side and then the next thing this tornado hits. how much time did you have in between to get out of there? >> right when we were leaving is when the sirens started going off. my family had already left early. my mom was still there with me. all the graduates had to go back and get our actual diplomas
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after the graduation. so we were leaving a little bit late. the tornado sirens were already going off when we were leaving and we had no idea where the tornado was. so we were going to try to make it home. but on our way home we got a phone call from my aunt and she told us she could see on the news she saw the tornado on 7th street which was extremely close to where we were so she told us to get out of the car immediately so we pulled into the mall, got out of the car, and went into the storm shelter in there and waited it out for probably 30 to 40 minutes. but when we left, everything was gone. >> you were in the storm shelter. were seeing pictures of people being evacuated, likely taken to hospitals. i want to ask you about your high school, joplin high is gone. it will take some 40 to 50 million to rebuild it. you've gone back and you've seen it. >> yeah. >> were you teary eyed looking at this? >> yes. i broke down in the car whenever we drove past the high school.
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the entire top floor of the high school is just gone. you can't even tell where you are when you're over on that part of town. >> one of your classmates, a young man by the name of will morton, my colleague was on with his mother and sister. they are looking for him. he was with his father there in the hummer. he was ejected, popped out of the seat belt. do you have any news to provide of where he is? if he's okay? >> i have no idea. the only thing i've heard was that he was taken to a hospital and he was alive in the hospital and then they transferred him to another hospital and i haven't heard where or anything else. that's all i know. >> kasey, if you were to be standing on that stage today, 48 hours after the horrific storm would hit, what would your message be to your classmates?
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>> we're going to come out of this. it's a really dark time but there is hope out there. the community, the joplin community has done an outstanding job of coming together and, you know, providing -- do nating and providing everything that people need from like tooth brushes to clothes to bottled water and everything. and we're going to come out of this. and it might take a while but we can come out of this and rebuild the community. >> listen to that. high school graduate, best of luck to you, kasey grant, thank you so much. >> thank you so much. as chad mentioned, we're watching the skies over oklahoma. a tornado has been spotted. we're going to keep our eyes on the radar. it looks perhaps -- i don't want to say, we'll wait for chad. stay right here. more breaking severe weather next. network all across amer. we're adding new cell sites... increasing network capacity,
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daylight's saving time. it's central time and it's really 2:37 sun time and we have another at least 2 1/2 hours of heating before the really big tornadoes get on the ground and that tornado that you're looking at is half a mile wide and just brushed longdale, oklahoma. if i extrapolate that storm for another hour, let's say it stays on the ground -- because storms have been staying on the ground a long time lately, that would be making its way up. nobody is out of the woods yet, kansas, missouri, even texas. >> time is of the essence and in missouri, people are still hoping to find, 15 people unaccounted for in joplin. they need the daylight before the storms move in. how much more time do they have? >> i don't think joplin is going to get anything from the first line until 8:00 to 10:00 tonight. and although discrete cells can fire in the warm air you can get
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showers to east of where the big weather is at any time but the real tornadic weather gets there 8:00, 10:00, 12:00 after dark. that's going to be a big event for them. and i can't believe the 1500. i need to get my hands around it and figure out where that comes from. is that somebody from alabama that cannot get ahold of anybody else because they try to get them on the phone and that phone is not there or is that neighbor looking for neighbor? that's a number that scares me. >> i don't know if it was quoted from the mayor? i just know it was from an official. from one weather story to another, the thick, gritty ash from a volcano in iceland is causing problems in europe. this massive cloud of ash is going towards the uk and it will likely blanket all british air space by the end of the day. and you know what that means?
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that means hundreds of flight cancellations to and from london's heathrow airport. nasa releasing this volcanic plume as scene from spaseen fro. adam is near the volcano in iceland. adam, just tell me what you're seeing from your advantage and where are you? >> well, brooke, let me tell you that we have news to report. they have closed the airport here and that's due to ash. it's old ash that continues to circulate in the air. we are now in the town at the base of the volcano and the ash is everywhere. geologists are telling it that it has peaked and it's 10% of what it was three days ago and
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the entire month of the destruction to travel worldwide. ash here, brooke, is shooting up three miles into the air and that's down from 100 tons of ash down from 10,000 tons of ash. and the good news here is that the officials are better prepared both here and in europe. the ash composition and wind direction. >> but still, adam reiss, with tons and hundreds of ash, that cannot be good for your health and lungs. what are some of the health concerns that people may have? >> well, they've cleared out a lot of the farmers' concerns and farmers and families and children are being cleared out and it's concern for the sheep
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as well here. adam reiss reporting that. reykjavik airport is now closed. now to a shocker in the casey anthony trial. and then the defense goes. >> she never was missing. caylee anthony died on june 16th, 2008, when she drowned in her family's swimming pool. >> it has been three years since little caylee disappeared and now we have never heard that before. on top of that bombshell, the defense lawyer makes disturbing accusations against her father, george anthony. sunny is all over this case. she is next. let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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and save up to thousands of dollars. call this toll-free number now. all right. a real shocker of a start to one of the most anticipated trials of the century. we're talking about the trial of casey anthony, the florida mother charged with murdering her daughter caylee. the defense dropped a massive, massive bombshell during this morning's open statements. you're going to hear from casey anthony's attorney, jose baez. >> how in a world can a mother wait 30 days before ever reporting her child missing? that's insane. that's bizarre. something's just not right about that. well, the answer is actually relatively simple.
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she never was missing. caylee anthony died on june 16th, 2008, when she drowned in her family's swimming pool. >> sunny hostin, that is just the headline. drowning in the family's swimming pool. walk me through this defense. >> it really was a bombshell today in the courtroom, brooke. the defense in this case is that caylee was not murdered by her mother, casey anthony. she died in the family swimming pool june 16th, 2008, and casey wasn't even there. however, george anthony, caylee's grandfather was there, picked her up out of the pool and said to casey anthony, you're a bad mother. look at what happened to caylee. interestingly enough, the way they respond to the 31 days missing, they say that george anthony abused, sexually abused casey anthony from the age of 8, perhaps through the age of 13 or
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maybe longer and she just retreated into her shell and started living a life of lies, the life that she had been used to living. they threw george anthony under the bus and say that roy kronk, the gentleman who found caylee's remains actually took caylee's remains and planted them there. >> if you're throwing those folks under the bus and everything else against the wall, can that work? >> you know, it can work and i've been asking myself that question all morning as i listened to the opening statements. the defense needs reasonable doubt. that is it. they only need, brooke, one juror to believe that perhaps little caylee drown. now, let's remember. this is in florida. in florida, drowning deaths are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4. this defense may resonate with perhaps one juror. that's all the defense needs for
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a hung jury. >> now, that's the defense. let's go to the prosecution. they have a very different narrative and for the first time we heard about an alleged murder weapon. let's listen to the prosecutor. >> duct tape covered the nose and mouth area of that tiny human's skull. the cotton polyester backing of the duct tape was disintegrating in the harsh environment in which she lay. >> so, sunny, we heard that and then her remains were inside several plastic bags, found in the swampy wooded area. does it sound with something that you do with a body of a child, which according to the defense, accidently drowned in the swimming. >> >> of course not. that's what the tension is going to be in this case. two completely different verges versions of what happened to
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little caylee anthony. which side will the jury believe? we just don't know yet. but lee say this. on the witness stand right now, george anthony. first witness called by the prosecution. he has denied ever sexually abusing casey anthony. this trial is going to be two months. it's just starting. >> so he's on the stand and we're looking at live pictures of casey anthony. as you've been watching moment by moment, what strikes you about her demeanor there in the courtroom? >> she has been very upset this morning during the prosecution's case she was stoic but red-face. during the defense's opening statement we saw tears, she was crying, not inconsolable but very, very upset. so we are seeing a very emotionally-affected casey anthony in the courtroom. as you mentioned, i've been watching it.
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we have coverage on "in session" and on hln. this is a two-month trial so i'm sure i'll have a lot to tell you in the coming weeks and months. >> what a trial. some say it could be bigger than o.j. simpson's trial. thank you so much. i want to get you back, though, to the story that we've been watching for you for the last two days. severe weather across the u.s. continuing into the evening. storms are moving through large areas of the nation's midsection. a tornado is on the ground, folks, in oklahoma. more breaking news next. ask me.
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again, we've been watching live pictures over oklahoma. there has been a tornado spotted there and it's moving across the midwest. so wolf blitzer is standing by. i know you'll be talking to chad at the top of your hour. it's just very frightening because in joplin, missouri, the highest risk there is several hours later, the last time you wanted it at night. >> and they are desperately and
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heartbreaking stories and it's painful to speak to people who ris manying loved ones. i'm going to speak to one mother whose 16-year-old called just before it hit. i'm pulling into a parking lot. i'll get back to you. she's been looking desperately for her son ever since. earlier they told her maybe it's time to go to the morgue and check things out. she went there. her son was not in the morgue. there are obviously other bodies in the morgue. we're going to talk to her. she is not giving up. this is just one story. there are so many people still missing. 118 confirmed dead. hundreds of others injured. so many of them seriously. what a tragic story. we're all watching. brooke, we'll have a lot more coming up at the top of the hour. >> the death toll, 118. we know that could rise. i was speaking with an 18-year-old graduate from joplin high school and i appreciated the optimism in her voice. when you talk to these folks,
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okay. if you've been to europe, you know the jet lag getting there is kind of tough. but let me just tell you this. before tonight's state dinner, which we brought to you live,
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the obama's visited westminster abbey and while they were there they signed the guest book. but take a long look. take a look at the president's message. it's tiny but go to the bottom right side of the screen. it's a great privilege signed barack obama, 24th of may. you see that? are you squinting? 2008, folks. as in the year he was elected. not 2011. the year it is now. i know the president has a lot on his mind but come on now. did you see this? one of the spare secret limos for the president got stuck. here it is. boom. stuck on a rim yesterday on the trip to ireland. forgive me for laughing. these cars are heavily armored and built to withstand a ton of hazards but not pavement? come on, joe. come on. >> that's all you can do. >> it's kind of funny to watch. >> it's pretty incredible. and again and again and again
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i've been told today the president of the united states was not in the car. but the first thing you think is, well, he could have been. we're fascinated by the secret service and when they have a little hiccup like this, the world is watching. this is a spare limousine and the presidential detail leaving the u.s. embassy in dublin carrying just staff. we don't know who. the secret service says, of course, that the president was not in the limousine. got hung up. how do these things happen? big cars, very heavy. they call it the beast and they call it the beast for a reason. armored plating, bullet-proof windows, communication equipment. all kinds of stuff. so that's a lot of stuff to lug around. >> did the secret service send you any sort of statement, joe? >> yeah. well, sure. they put out a statement, probably right shortly after this happened. and they sort of stand by it. they say, the size of our vehicles is always an issue and

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