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more on the doj pot decision a little later. good morning to you, i'm carol costello. first up, syria. president obama reaches out and u.s. allies back away. this morning an international coalition to support military strikes on syria is crumbling. the most stinging rejection from washington's closest ally. take a look at the cover of "new york daily news" the british aren't coming. british lawmakers voted against taking any part of any military action. other allies like germany and france are also gun shy, still haunted by the iraq war. those concerns echo loudly in congress where more than 160 lawmakers, both republicans and democrats, are demanding at least a full debate before any strikes are launched. last night, president obama and top members of his cabinet spent 90 minutes trying to rally support among skeptical lawmakers. >> the congress, like in any
democracy, is important to this process. their views are critically important. there are many members of the congress who are very experienced leaders. so, it's important that we coordinate with the congress, as we will continue to do. we reach out to get their thoughts on this issue. we will continue to do that. >> and the american public also wants some checks and balances. according to a new nbc news poll, 79% say congressional approval should be required before any military action is taken. that's compared to 16% who say such approval will not be necessary. and in breaking news this morning, president obama addresses that skeptical public today in a statement making the case for military action. senior white house correspondent jim acosta has more on that side of the story.
good morning, jim. >> good morning, carol. we can tell you right now that white house officials are saying that the president has not made a decision about military action against syria, but administration officials do say that the white house is expected to release that unclassified intelligence report on last week's chemical weapons attack. that report should be similar to what was briefed to members of congress last night indicating that top syrian administration officials or regime officials were responsible for that poison gas attack outside of damascus. now, what we can tell you is that you mentioned what's happening overseas with several u.s. allies. yes, the united states is, obviously, disappointed with that vote in british parliament and in response to that, senior u.s. officials are saying that the president may have to go it alone. that he may elect to take unilateral action against syria. one top u.s. official said to cnn, we care what the british think, we value the process, but we're going to make the decision
that we need to make. now, presumably a window of opportunity for the president to take some sort of action opens up this weekend weapons inspectors are scheduled to leave syria on saturday and we're waiting to find out about that. carol, getting back to this whole issue of international cooperation, it should be noted this morning that the president of france did tell a french newspaper overnight here in the united states, but earlier today in france that he would be willing to support a military mission in syria. no word to how that support would take shape. carol? >> would it be in words or actions? we don't know. now, let's turn to capitol hill and the uphill battle facing the president there. our chief congressional correspondent dana bash joins us from our washington bureau with more on that side of the story. good morning. >> good morning, carol. two members of congress who have
been demanding consultation and input on the administration strategy on syria and they also want evidence that the military action, if it is used, would be justified. >> cnn has told top obama officials insisted to lawmakers on a thursday night conference call they have no doubt assad's regime was behind deadly chemical attacks there. revealing to lawmakers that the u.s. intercepted communications from a high-level syrian official which clearly indicates they were responsible for these. the half hour into telephone briefing began moments after british parliament struck at least a short-term blow to u.s. hopes of a coalition defeating a measure authorizing force against syria.
though, obama officials insisted no decisions have been made on military action against syria. cnn is also told they privately made clear to lawmakers that chemical weapons in syria is such a threat, the u.s. could engage with or without support from critical allies like great britain. one key gop senator bob corker emerged from briefings announcing support for surgical proportional military strikes given the strong evidence of assad regime's continued use of chemical warfare. others argued the president still has to come before congress and the american people before he acts. >> it's up to the president to sell this to the american people. >> all right, let's talk more about that, dana. i want to ask you about the war powers act.
just to remind our viewers, the president has to commit u.s. forces and cannot commit u.s. forces for more than 90 days without congressional approval. so, dana, if you look at what president obama wants to do in syria, it appears he doesn't need congressional approval but maybe politically he does. >> you're exactly right to ask two different questions. one is what the president needs to do legally, technically and legally, practically, to get support for any mission. on a legal front with regard to the war powers act and what the president is required to, do remember, carol, a huge unsettled debate when the obama administration attacked libya. then the administration said they didn't need congressional authorization before the operation and even blew off that 90-day deadline you just talked about in the war powers act and that, despite the fact that many democrats were demanding it, it was surprising at the time for
obama who is a constitutional professor and argued for military action. now, on the politics, very dicy, of course. because military action in syria is a big questionmark with regard to public support. despite the fact that you have about 100 lawmakers that congress could authorize force and could look like what we saw last night in the uk, failing. that could hurt the administration's efrltforts. >> dana bash reporting live from washington. thank you. let's look how international opinion is stacking up. standing with the united states, saudi arabia, turkey and france. on the right side, those opposing. they include syria's most critical allies. russia and china. iran is railing against the threats to its key regional ally. the uk, as we mentioned, will not take part in military action and germany's foreign minister said at this point it's not even considering taking part. at the bottom of the hour,
assessing the military options. we'll talk to retired army general about what kind of action the pentagon is considering. today, the mayor of washington, d.c., could sign a controversial bill that would force large retailers to pay a minimum wage of $12.50 an hour. that's a 50% bump over the current minimum wage. if it happens, the world's largest retailer, walmart, says it will stop building three new stores near the city, and that could mean fewer jobs. cnn business correspondent and anchor christine romans joins us now. good morning, christine. >> good morning, carol. you know, d.c. wants big box retailers to pay more for d.c. workers, but what if the retailers walk and then there are no new jobs. no new groceries, no new shopping centers in a place where on the east side you have 20% unemployment. a seven-week delay over signing this bill. this bill that would force walmart and others to pay more. they want stores bigger than
75,000 square feet or stores that have a parent company with sales of billion dollars or more. the current pay, as you pointed out, $8.25. what's happening in d.c. and what we saw yesterday at those fast food franchises across the country, carol, this could be the beginning of a movement to align wages with the corporate profits. now in d.c. supporters say you cannot live there on $8.25 an hour. you can't live there. the mayor, mayor gray has said recently that in this living wage battle, being waged there. he sees many unanswered questions about the bill's potential impact on the economy and the area. so, it's unclear whether he will sign this thing or whether he will veto it, carol. but, quite, quite frankly you have this battle, this debate between our jobs at $8.25. we want jobs, we need jobs. we need that economic activity or we don't want your jobs, if they don't pay enough. >> mayor gray has, what? ten days to decide. we'll see. christine romans, thank you. on the brink of a new season, the nfl strikes the deal
with thousands of former players suffered from brain injuries on the field. the league to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit. the money would go to help retired players. while the league doesn't have to admit any liability of any kind. andy scholls joins me now. a good thing, a bad thing, somewhere in the middle? >> carol, it's a good thing. even though the players, some players may say they didn't get a fair shake in this deal, good thing it happened now because this thing could have been drug out for years and years and years and by settling it now the nfl gets this dark cloud hanging over their head. that goes away. the players that really need this money. the players who have concussion-related injuries will get the help they need. for years the nfl and retired players have been at odds to address head injuries that may have occurred on the field. thursday the sides reached a landmark agreement that would end the fighting and put money towards injury compensation, legal fees and medical research.
here's how the money will be allocated. $75 million for medical exams. $675 million in compensation for cognitive injuries. $10 million for research and plus legal fees and other expenses related to the lawsuit. >> i think it's a good day for thousands of football players who are dealing with different inflictions from playing the game of football. >> tony dorset, super bowl winning quarterback jim mcmahon and the family of junior saeu are all involved in this case. having to admit any liability or that brain-related injuries were caused by football. many consider that a huge win for the nfl and its owners. >> almost certainly going to be aible able to eliminate any lawsuit from future players about future injuries. >> reporter: while $765 million seems like a big number, some think the players could have done better because last year
alone the nfl had a revenue of $9.2 billion. >> the risk that nfl had on going to trial on each of these complex claims. the potential exposure here was in the billions, i think, that's a conservative estimate. >> reporter: the decision is in the district judge who must approve this bill. former players could still voice their opposition. only players retired will be eligible for compensation. all retired players whether involved in this lawsuit or not can take a baseline test. it will be used to determine the amount of money they receive from this settlement now and in the future. much more on this later in the hour. former atlanta runningback jamal anderson. >> great that there is this settlement. $765 million. but a lot of parents have little kids who want to play football and they'll look at this sett settlement and say there is proof this is a dangerous game. that means more little kids aren't going to be playing
football and that is going to hurt the nfl in the long run. >> the interesting thing about this is, the current players right now, they're not a part of this. in the future if they come up with a brain-related injury, they're basically saying the rules they're putting in place in the nfl should help that go ago. >> you'll be back in a couple minutes, thank you so much. a rainy start to the weekend in southern california. clear flooded streets and toppled trees after a strong storm dumped several inches of rain on forest falls. at one point the canyon's a 1,500 residents were not able to get in or out of their small community as mud and debris blocked the roads. that's some scary stuff, indra petersons. >> you are talking about six to seven feet of mud and it didn't take too much. all we had is one strong storm move over the area and that was able to drop several inches of rain and a lot of rain in a short period of time. what you're going to see see
that run off go right through the canyon and through the hillsides. that's what they saw yesterday in the area and yesterday, still, more tropical moisture. enhancing the amount of rainfall they could potentially get. still looking in the southwest today. another several inches still possible anywhere in the region. that's something we're monitoring, more mudslides in burn areas, as well. one think we're talking about especially for labor day weekend, a series of cold fronts. want to bring temperatures down, but also means rain over the holiday weekend. as you go into tomorrow, ohio valley start to get some rain and then take you saturday into sunday and start to see that system push into the mid-atlantic and the northeast. by monday the two will go together and see rain all over the northeast, carol. not making friends here. >> no, i was just invited to a cookout. >> there you go, have a blast, inside. >> i'll bring an umbrella. thanks, indra petersons. no friday would be complete without a story about the royal couple.
kate and her skinny jeans out in public. made her first official appearance since her son was born last month. they helped kick off the 131-mile ultramarathon in wales. that's where the royal family live. kate and william look relaxed. don't they? they look relaxed and greeted the crowd. prince george was not there, though. he did not join his parents. he had other appointments to keep back at home. still to come in "newsroom" let it burn. why firefighters are letting the flames tear through yosemite on purpose. plus -- >> i apologize. >> bob filner, you're out of here. san diego as of 5:00 tonight, you're getting a new mayor. hand in your keys because the locks are going to be changed. and, health alert. tylenol's new effort to stop people from overdosing. "newsroom" is back after a break. hey love.
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pot smokers in colorado and washington state can breathe a little easier this morning. that was the happy scene in seattle last december when a state law legalizing marijuana for personal use went into effect. a similar law was then passed in colorado. now, the justice department says it will not challenge either one or take a hard line on medical marijuana. pot will still be illegal under federal law, but now the feds will focus on violations like trafficking and distribution to children. bill piper is director of national affairs for the drug policy alliance which advocates for drug policy reform. he joins me now from washington. good morning. >> good morning. >> this is an unbelievable victory. you must be high on life this morning. >> definitely a good victory for
both public safety and public health. you know, historic for a number of reasons. >> oh, come on, you have to be really happy about this. >> well, i'm definitely very excited. the administration is saying that not only can colorado and washington move forward with regulation but that other states can, as well. this really is a green light that states have nothing to lose and a lot to gain by ending the disastrous war on marijuana and bringing marijuana out of the underground into a regulated and taxed economy. >> so what this means, bill, if you're smoking marijuana in colorado, washington state a federal agent, like somebody from the fbi can't come along and arrest you or place you under arrest or fine you or anything? >> basically it's unlikely that they're going to, certainly not going to arrest people for marijuana use and what they're also saying is that colorado and washington want to treat marijuana like alcohol and
regulate its distribution that that's basically okay, too. as long as they follow a few ground rules, such as prohibiting sales to minors which senators in washington are already working on. >> president obama said recently we have bigger fish to fry than target recreational palt u aal but stopped short of any action to legalize. read between the lines for us here. what does this mean down the road? >> well, i think this is a game changer. what's interesting is that in their announcement yesterday the justice department made a case that state legalization or regulation of marijuana furthers federal interest by bringing marijuana out of the underground and put it in a regulated market where you can reduce access by young people and where you can put organized crime out of business. this is really the first time since the repeal that legalizing a regulated drug might be better
for health and safety than prohibiting it and criminalizing it. i think this is the first step in what is probably going to be a series of steps of undoing the war on drugs. states are already leading the way. bipartisan bills in congress and very clearly the obama administration is being bold in this area. >> what would be the next big victory for you? >> the next big victory is more states legalizing marijuana. certainly in 2014, definitely in 2016. the senate is having hearings on marijuana legalization in a few weeks. support is growing in congress and both democrats and republicans. so, i think the next really big change is changing federal law. that's probably a few years away, but support is growing really quickly. >> bill piper with the drug policy alliance. thanks for joining me this morning. >> thank you. other stories we're following. the top secret black budget for federal intelligence spending. now public for the first time ever because of nsa leaker edward snowden.
u.s. spy agencies will spend nearly $53 billion this year, but according to never before seen documents, they're still failing to provide the president with critical information about national security threats. the wife of rocker ted nugent arrested at the airport after security agents found a gun in her carry-on bag. she was taken into custody. "dalling morning news" says she simply forgot the gun was in her bag and called it an honest mistake. she has a concealed handgun license. a new warning on the caps of extra strength tylenol bottles. cnn's alison kosik joins us with more on this story. good morning, alison. >> good morning, carol. what is this new tylenol bottle going to look like. this new cap that has a big, bright, red warning. the warning will say, contains ac acetaminoph
acetaminophen. on extra strength tylenol bottles beginning in october. the funny thing is the bottles already have a warning. tylenol is getting you to read the warning because overdosing on acetaminophen is one of the most common poisonings in the world, but did you know acetaminophen is in nyquil and we have to read the bottle before we take the stuff. >> i was shocked by the number of people who were overdosing on tylenol or acetaminophen. very strange. hopefully this will help. before you go, can you give us a check of the markets. >> flat start to the day. investors are taking a breather after a pretty bad august. really been a rough one for stocks. look how rough. heading into today, the dow is down 4% and s&p is off almost 3%. both are on track for their worst monthly declines in more than a year. you know, august is usually slow, but then, again, when you throw in the fears of what will happen in syria and all the talk about whether or not the feds will scale back on its stimulus that it's pumping into the
federal system. more and more investors hitting the sell button. >> we appreciate it, thank you, alison. still ahead in "newsroom" crisis in syria. the british aren't coming. will the u.s. go it alone? plus -- >> concussion settlements. 700 million plus bucks. we'll talk to one of the players in the lawsuit. and it's called the drop of doom. it goes 90 miles an hour. it's 41 stories tall. and you can see philadelphia 55 miles away from the top of this thing. keep your arms and legs inside the ride. "newsroom" is back after a break.
mediterranean sea off the coast of syria. like its counterparts it is equipped with cruise missiles ready for a possible strike in the wake of alleged chemical weapons attacks in damascus. it seems likely that the united states might carry out any strikes alone as the british parliament voted against any military involvement. now, president obama's predecessor is weighing in on the current administration and the difficult decisions that lie ahead. >> the president has a tough choice to make if he decides to use our military, he will have the greatest military ever. i was not a fan of mr. assad. he's an ally of iran and he's made mischief. >> joining me now, cnn military analyst and retired army general spider marks. good morning, general. >> good morning, carol. >> i like how president bush put
that, assad made mischief. >> more than mischief. >> but you can tell, if you read between the lines of what president bush said, any military action taken against syria will be complicated. >> oh, it will be. there will be entanglements that the president would prefer to avoid, certainly. it's very tough to have a surgical strike to achieve a very precise in-state when you initiate a fight, you simply turn over to your opponent the ability to stop the fight. very difficult for you to decide, okay, i'm done, unless you've achieved some results. how do you measure that? it's very, very tough. >> first of all, when we say surgical strikes. what exactly do we mean? do we mean attacking by air, by sea, both? what? >> all of the above. the initial, the initial response that we think the president is contemplating is the use of sea-based cruise missiles from the destroyers in the eastern mediterranean and target folders have already been
prepared and munitions are set to go and the software is uploaded and targets have been identified and we're talking about very, very precise targeting and they will hit the targets that they're intending to hit. the unfortunate consequence, carol, the unfortunate consequence is that there is something in that target that we don't simply know about, which is a human intelligence type of an endeavor to get to. that's what's tough. >> isn't it true that syria has been moving stuff around? i mean, how do we know exactly where those chemical weapon sites are? >> exactly, correct. what we know is the storage sites that have been in place that are x stamped and on a target list and those targets have been serviced, if you will, by intelligence sources to determine activity that's going on. so, we have to assume, although the precise location is known, we have to assume that what was inside those facilities has probability been tampered with and it has, in fact, been moved. now, most of the targets that
are probably going to be struck are targets that are not related to the inventory of chemical weapons, but the delivery means by which those weapon systems have been used. >> so, in libya, the government's weapons were no match for the u.s. military. we made quick work of that. but with syria, it's a different story because syria actually has an effective arsenal. >> well, it has an arsenal. syria does not have long history of having a real effective military. in fact, the success that they've had has always been a success against their own people. outside their own borders they've enjoyed very little success, at all. in fact, israel has had their way with syrians in military conflicts before. they have tanks and artillery and convention al missiles. they have an array that the
insurgents have in some cases, but not entirely. this fight really favors assad's regime. in fact, as we've seen over the course of the last few months, they increased their strength and their momentum. >> a last question because we heard many military experts say go big or go home. if you do surgical strikes, you better do it for a sustained period of time and really leave a mark. >> carol, that is exactly correct. you either go to win. the definition of win is what we're talking about here. the president is in a corner. he knows he needs to act. international law dictates that and i think there is, there is support for that notion. there isn't international support for a military activity of some sort. so, what we're talking about is a very tactical engagement. the in state has not been described by our president and that's what's very difficult right now. >> well, maybe we'll hear that later today, you never know. >> we hope. >> general, general spider marks, thanks so much for being
with us this morning. >> thanks, carol. still to come in "newsroom" the nfl and former players reach a deal in a concussion lawsuit. we'll talk to one of the plaintiffs. former falcons runningback, jamal anderson. ♪ [ male announcer ] a family that vacations together, sunscreens together. find a hilton everywhere you want to go with rates as low as $109 per night. book now at hilton.com/getaway.
the nfl is agreeing to pay $675 million to help retired players suffering from brain injuries. but the judge's approval the deal settles a concussion lawsuit. $675 million for injury compensation. $75 million for medical exams and another $10 million for medical research plus legal fees. the money sounds good, but, really, it's just a drop in the bucket when it comes to league revenue. $765 million out of $9.2 billion made last year alone.
jamal anderson is a former runningback with the atlanta falcons and a plaintiff in the lawsuit. so, how do you feel about this? >> well, you know, if you look at the process, when you talk about a class action lawsuit and you talk about the nfl and power of their attorneys and with the fact that the question of causation in this case was going to ultimately possibly be an issue and you are looking at years of litigation. you know, when the number came out yesterday people thought it was a lot of money. what i'm most happy about is that there are going to be some programs put in place for the players who are suffering the worst conditions and who need a medical attention as soon as possible to try to move forward. i've seen several players who are in worse situations than me. who are having a lot of difficulty and, really, for me, that's what this is all about. try to get these guys in a better situation. >> some players are suffering from als. they're among the worst.
>> we are. we're seeing a lot of things now with the chronic traumat encephalitis. you can't really tell until the guys are dead, unfortunately. we've seen that in traces of high-profile players who have taken their own lives, quite unfortunately. it's a tough case. >> as far as you personally, how are, how is it affecting you, the knocks to the head? >> like most players. i played the game a certain way. i feel fortunate that i don't have the severity of the infliction that a lot of players do. i have my difficult times but i'm certainly not in a situation that a lot of these other guys are. >> do you fear for what's down the road? that is hard to deal with, i would think. >> that's part of the reason why that not only from some of the things that i dealt with, but i joined a concussion lawsuit because the concerns about my future and what health benefits were going to be provided for me
from the time i played in the nfl or provide for my family or that i have the best health care possible. i regret nothing about my playing career. we were watching college football last night and fired up about it, fired up about the nfl season coming up, but i do understand the dangers of the game. >> well, let's just pause there because this lawsuit only involves retired players. >> right. >> for future players the nfl says we have safe guards in place and it should be fine. do you think that's true? >> well, a new cba and they have, the process by which players who have concussions now are evaluated and the things that they have to go through before they get back on the field, maybe those processes could have been in place a number of years ago. one thing about this lawsuit is the nfl, you know, they're not assuming any liability. there's no admission of guilt from the nfl. so, the cba in place now that
they just signed last year with the current players and then the process, again, an independent doctor reviews guys on the sidelines. it's not like when i played football where there was a team doctor and you'd really have to hope that your team physician was looking out for your best interest instead of the team's. in most cases, guys were fortunate when that occurred. but all about getting back on the football field. when you can make the next play. star players being out is not good for the fans and the teams and the game. there was a rush to get them back out there. entirely different process now. training camp, the way that the amount of physical interaction they can have during the course of the season, all of those policies are different. certainly assisting players being healthier longer. >> thank you so much. >> my pleasure. here's what's all new in the next hour of "newsroom." obama stands alone on syria. britain says no. france is lukewarm. will america's lawmakers get onboard? >> the congress, like in any
democracy, is important to this process. their views are critically important. also, it's bob filner's last day. time to change the locks and pack up the office and, oh, one last thing, his a bill for $6 million. plus, check it out. >> fergie has a baby. meet axl jack. that's all new in the next hour of cnn "newsroom." how can i help you? oh, you're real? you know i'm real! at discover, we're always here to talk. good, 'cause i don't have time for machines. some companies just don't appreciate the power of conversation! you know, i like you! i like you too! at discover, we treat you like you'd treat you. get the it card and talk to a real person. ( bell rings ) they remwish i saw mine of my granmore often, but they live so far away.
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finally football is here. college football started last night and fans across the country are celebrating. andy schultz has the bleacher report. good morning. >> good morning. the best time of the year, football season. the big game opening night featured the heisman's trophy and north carolina and wasting no time to get on the board, connor shaw and roland for a 65-yard touchdown. this happens less than two minutes into the season. south carolina goes on to win 27-10. and vanderbilt opened their season last night. they took the lead with 1:30 to
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the british parliament, reflecting the views of the british people, does not want to see military action. i get that and the government will act accordingly. >> we will hear more from that debate later this hour. san diego says good-bye to its controversial mayor. what is next after bob filner bids his farewell. and americans are free to light up everywhere? and nascar driver ryan vickers clear was almost over. the second hour of "newsroom" starts now. good morning. i'm carol costello.
an international coalition to strike on syria is crumbling. the most stinging one is its closest ally. british lawmakers voted against taking part in any military action. other allies, like germany and france, are also gun-shy, still haunted by the iraq war. and more than 160 lawmakers, both republicans and democrats, are demanding at least a full debate before any strikes are launched. last night, president obama and top members of its cabinet spent 90 minutes trying to rally support among skeptical lawmakers. >> the congress, like in any democracy, is important to this process. their views are critically important. there are many members of the congress who are very experienced leaders.
so it's important that we coordinate with the congress as we will continue to do. we reach out to get their thoughts on this issue. we will continue to do that. >> and the american public also wants some checks and balances. according to a new nbc news poll, 79% say congressional approval should be required before any military action is taken. that's compared to 16% who say such approval is not necessary. and we've learned the obama administration will release declassified intelligence on what we've learned about the assad government and the alleged chemical weapons attack last week. our senior white house correspondent jim acosta has more on that side of the story. good morning, jim. >> reporter: good morning, carol. secretary of state john kerry, according to what we've confirmed here at cnn, will be making a statement at 12:30 in
the afternoon about what is going to happen or may be about to happen in syria. that is along with the fact that we're also hearing that the white house will be releasing that unclassified intelligence report later today on the chemical weapons attack that occurred last week in syria that unclassified intelligence report should be fairly close to what was briefed to members up on capitol hill last night. that report apparently talks about intercepted communications from high level syrian officials that white house officials, administration officials believe indicates that the syrians were responsible for those weapons. now, we should also point out that you mentioned some of the international cooperation that may be falling by the wayside, most notably that vote in british parliament yesterday, we should point out that u.s. officials are now telling cnn that the president may have to take unilateral action against syria. one u.s. official telling us here at cnn, we care what the
british think. we value the process but we're going to make the decision that we need to make. but carol, really the breaking news at this point is that we do expect to hear from secretary of state john kerry at 12:30 this afternoon over at the state department talking about potentially this case for military action again syria. the white house cautions that the president has not made a final decision yet. >> why won't we hear from the president? >> reporter: well, we might hear from the president. we asked josh earnest, the deputy press secretary at the briefing yesterday, will we see a presidential statement and he didn't rule it out. that's an indication that we might see that as well. the president will be sitting down with the presidents of astonia and there will be a publicly available pool spray where cameras are allowed in when the president is making some brief remarks to those world leaders. there's a chance at that point we may hear from the president but the white house has indicated that once a decision
is made, that we should be hearing from the president. all of those details, though, have not been locked down or released from the white house. this may be the initial, i guess, rollout of a decision from the white house. that's a safe way of putting it like that. that the secretary of state is coming out this afternoon. you'll recall earlier this week he made that very passionate statement over at the state department when he talked about how he as a father, when he saw the video -- the images of those children that were apparently gassed in syria, how that affected him personally. we have not heard the president make those kinds of statements. perhaps we'll be hearing that as well. secretary of state john kerry coming out at the state depth afternoon. that's a very big indication of where things are heading, carol. >> cnn will carry that live. 12:30 eastern or so, john kerry will make a statement on syria. jim acosta, thanks so much.
british parliament was shown classified documents but it was not enough to convince military involvement. this is prime minister david cameron just before they voted down a vote for coalition. >> the house is not for either motion tonight. i strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons but i also believe in respecting the will of this house of commons. it is very clear tonight that while the house has not passed a motion, it is clear to me that the british parliament reflecting the views of the british people does not want to see british military action. i get that and the government will act accordingly. >> okay. so here's how international opinion is stacking up, standing with the united states, saudi arabia, turkey, and france. on the right side, those opposed, include russia and china and iran is against a strike against its key ally.
germany's foreign minister says at this time it's not even considering taking part. in other news this morning, say good-bye to san diego mayor bob filner. today is officially his last day in office. the 70-year-old democrat resigned after 18 women publicly accused him of sexual harassment. now he's packing up and in a matter of hours the locks will be changed on the mayor's office but not before some of his accusers speak out again. kyung lah is live in san diego. tell us more. >> carol, what i can tell you is that at the stroke of 5:00 p.m. pacific time here on the west coast, the locks will officially be changed on filner's office. we've been told by the soon-to-be interim mayor, todd gloria, his spokesperson, that they officially take the reins at 5:01 pacific time. they will move in. they don't know what to expect.
he's been so unpredictable. they are not sure how it's going to smooth over and they are trying to make it as smooth a process as possible. today throughout the day, human resources will be at the mayor's office collecting keys, cell phones, computer equipment, making sure all of that is handed over and something else we should point out, carol, is that the todd gloria's office has decided to rehire filner's accuser, a woman, who was his communications director. she will be back on the job once filner is out. carol? >> as for what happens down the line, a special election will eventually be held for a new mayor and how much will that cost san diego taxpayers? >> millions. and that's really the rub here. the taxpayers really feel like they are being stuck with a bag even though the agreement that the city council, that the mediator did strike, it does protect taxpayers from some of
filner's lawsuits. at the same time, it's going to cost them millions to get a new man or woman in as mayor and so that leaves a bad taste in taxpayers' mouths, among other things. >> got you. kyung lah, thank you so much. the governor of washington state is cheering a decision by the justice department as, quote, good news. the feds are not going to take a hard line on pot that's bought, sold, and used for personal state in his state or in the state of colorado even though marijuana is still illegal in federal law. voters in both states recently legalized the recreational use of pot. the guidelines applied to more than a dozen states that use medical marijuana. joining me now is evan perez to parse this out for us. good morning, evan. >> good morning, carol. >> tell us -- the feds, a federal agent is in colorado and washington state, he'll walk by
someone smoking pot on a park bench? >> well, what the feds are basically saying is that they understand that the voters in these two states have passed these referendums, these measures and they are not going to interfere with that. this is something that they have debated for several months. basically, they are deciding that the sentiment of the public seems to be changing on this issue. not enough, by the way, for them to take it off the list of really dangerous substances but what they are going to do is they are going to tell the prosecutors around the country in all 50 states that they should basically decide what priorities they are going to have, which is to keep pot away from kids, to make sure drug cartels are not involved in trafficking, to make sure people aren't driving while under the influence. so that's going to be their priorities from now on. >> so what might this decision mean for other states who are possibly considering legalizing marijuana? >> well, you know, i think it's
a signal to those states. there is -- there are some efforts in many states to try to get similar items in referendums before voters. there are some states where that is more likely to pass. there are somewhere it probably won't. at the end of the day, the administration would prefer for congress to deal with this issue. they don't want to fight with the states over this type of thing and they think that the prosecutors have better things to do with their time. >> well, i can tell you that the lobbyists fighting to legalize marijuana in all 50 states are quite happy about their decision because their next step will be to go into every state in the union and say, what's up with the legal recreational marijuana use, right? >> that's exactly right. look, there is a generational change with the sentiment of the public on this issue. it does appear that we're headed in that direction.
there's still a lot of opposition in law enforcement, in the dea, because they think it fuzzies up the law and makes their job for difficult. there was criticism in congress last night because it basically means that the federal government and attorney general eric holder are going to turn a blind eye and not enforce certain parts of this law. >> all right. cnn justice reporter evan perez, thanks so much. >> thanks, carol. still to come in the "newsroom," yosemite officials say they will let the fire burn. it's actually official park policy. we'll tell you about that next. n tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation.
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good morning. >> good morning, carol. unfortunately, this is one of the biggest fires in wildfire history. this is so big, i want to give you a perspective, it's bigger than new york city. unfortunately, a lot of people don't know there's a change in how they fight these fires once you get into the national park. you can see the outline of the rim fire and the national park. they are fighting this with everything that they have where it's not part of the national park. but once they go inside that line, there's a policy of let it burn. so with that, they want to protect that natural ecosystem so they are going to continue to let it burn. there's also concern with budget. with that, keep in mind, the majority of the park is still opened but they are going to let this burn until the first rains or snow makes its way into the area. labor day forecast, a lot of heat in the midwest. we finally have good news for you. you're going to see the temperatures back off. it's a cold front on saturday
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russia's anti-gay crackdown, investigators raided his home. the activist says prosecutors ransacked his apartment and taking several pieces of equipment. good morning, phil. >> reporter: good morning, carol. yes, even before russia recently introduced this anti-gay propaganda, russia is no the a gay-friendly place. he's easily the most outspoken and active gay rights campaigner. he's been arrested many times. but now his home has been
searched as a result of an investigation that came from comments he made online. he used twitter to criticize some of the politicians that were behind this anti-gay proposition. they responded by demanding a criminal investigation, accusing him of breaking the law by insulting government officials, by insulting representatives. he already previously had been summoned to a police station and interrogated this search of his home, this raid took place at very short and almost no notice. they went through every room in the house and, yes, took some of his belongings as well. he doesn't know what will happen next. it's not unusual for proponents of this government to feel the hate from the authorities. sometimes and often it does go through the prosecution. he's not sure what will happen now, carol. >> i was just going to ask you, does he feel safe? >> well, safe to an extent. a lot of the members of russia's gay community feel significantly less safe than they did before
this recent anti-gay law was passed. just to remind you, it's a law that makes it illegal to promote the idea that gay and straight relationships are equal. it makes it illegal to promote that concept to children. gay activists say it basically rules out or outlaws any sort of further fight for gay rights and they also believe it sends a very strong message of intolerance to the rest of the russian population and they say there has been an increase in anti-gay violence both from the authorities and from other russian civilians as well. so from his point of view and other activists, they believe it's an increasingly unfriendly and unsafe place for people in this country. >> phil black reporting live from moscow, thank you. still to come, superman and batman is headed to the city. they are trying to save the city from disaster. more on that after the break. [ female announcer ] are you sensitive to dairy? then you'll love lactose-free lactaid®
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happening now in the "newsroom," assigning blame and making plans for the chemical attack in syria. plus -- [ gunfire ] >> holy cow, superheroes team up and head to detroit. batman, superman bringing millions to the motor city. but can they save the city in the brink? and back in the saddle. ryan vickers return to the saddle after a brush with death. cnn "newsroom" starts now. good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you for joining me. a coalition to support military strikes on syria appears to be
unraveling as a key ally backs away. britain's refusal to take part "the british aren't coming." the british aren't laughing. cnn's atika shubert is live in london. >> reporter: good morning. "cam down" from "the sun" and humiliated, "no to syria strike." and that's the main word throughout the headlines here, is humiliated. basically, it was a resounding defeat. there was a lot of emotion and anger in the house of commons, particularly directed towards opposition labor leader. you saw in "the independent,"
there was an expletive background to one reporter about the vote and what happened. and for that reason, there was a lot of anger in parliament last night. there were shouts of resign and shame. in the end, prime minister cameron said that he accepted the vote and that there would be no military action from britain. >> atika shubert live in london, thank you. the commercial airline industry may face a pilot shortage in the coming years. boeing predicts about 25,000 new pilots will be needed each year. the airplane maker cites growing fleets and fchl faa restrictions but many new pilots earn less than $20,000 a year. the irs will treat married same-sex couples the same as other couples for tax purposes
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>> good morning. "men of steel," the sequel, will be filmed there later this year. this is the biggest movie to be filmed in michigan ever. it's expected to bring hundreds of jobs and the employment situation has been tough but it has improved after the recession in detroit. unemployment rate at this hour is 10% compared to almost 17% during the recession. detroit has had a tough time, though. in july it became the biggest city to file for bankruptcy. as you know, movies, they bring in a lot of business. not just hiring but you look at hotels. hotels are filled up. local restaurants, everybody goes out to eat and people go shopping. michigan is ceasing the moment on that.
carol? >> michigan has been doing that for a long time. especially the city of detroit. there were massive tax breaks if hollywood would shoot their movies and it worked. a lot of movies have been filmed in michigan and detroit. >> they do. there are a list of movies. hopefully every little bit help. it certainly can't hurt. it's fun to see how these movies are made as well. >> absolutely. thanks, aliso in. fergie, a proud new move. she's naming her son after a rock and roll star. we'll tell you next. [ male announcer ] if you suffer from a dry mouth then you'll know how uncomfortable it can be. [ crickets chirping ] but did you know that the lack of saliva can also lead to tooth decay and bad breath? [ exhales deeply ] [ male announcer ] well there is biotene. specially formulated with moisturizers and lubricants, biotene can provide soothing relief and it helps keep your mouth healthy, too. [ applause ]
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4500 homes are still threatened. the rim fire is now the fifth largest fire in california history. outside of the park, nearly 5,000 firefighters are battling the fire but officials are letting it burn naturally. fergie and josh duhamel are now parents of a proud little boy. they named him axl jack. possibly a homage to axle rose? who knows. maybe nischelle turner knows. >> first of all, why do you have to say it like that, axl jack. i do know a thing or two about having a unique name and we're talking about a woman who legally changed her name to fergie. you may have seen something like this happen. maybe we can expect a cover of "sweet child of mine."
he weighed in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces. he was delivered by c-section. we are told that everyone is doing fine this morning. axl jack joins this growing list of, let's just say they are unique celebrity names. this isn't a new thing. if you remember, here's what we did for you. we put together a list of ten names that remind you that there is some kindergarten teacher in hollywood dealing with this issue when she looks at her and egypt, we all know about kim kardashian's daughter north west. this is one of my favorite, jason lee's child's name is pilot inspektor and jessica
simpson's daughter and bro bronx mowgli. and moxie crimefighter and that's just a sample. i can go on. there's apple, blue ivy, there's lots of those. there are not just celebrities doing that these days. everyone seems to be creating a personal brand for their kids. here's what the social security administration says, carol. the two names that have the biggest jump in popularity in 2012 were major for boys and aria, and, carol, let me just say, you don't think your name is unique enough, give it a little time. it was in the top 1,000 baby names for girls. it dropped back out in 2006. you've got one up on me. nischelle has never been in the top anything for baby names. >> that's because your name -- you're not named after a joyful christmas song as i am.
that's really cool. i remember, she's a very nice lady who did a lot for the civil rights movement. >> i actually was so geeked when i met her. i took a picture and sent it to my mom and we had a real good laugh out of that. >> that's awesome. nischelle turner, that was fun. thanks so much. >> okay. still to come in the "newsroom," the u.s. is planning to release intel about syria's chemical weapons use. we'll talk about the case for possible military action next. this is for you.
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could the u.s. go it alone in military action against syria. ashleigh banfield is here in "legal view." good morning. >> the legal case for war is something that people have been talking about all week. you can get into the weeds on that with all of the international law and there's something else, how does americans feel about this? what are we doing? are we really wanting to get ourselves involved? the brits just said no and what about our ability to stomach another effort even though it's a humanitarian crisis? i'm going to show you some numbers, carol, coming up and might really surprise you in what being a world police has
been like for us and how we may be dropping in the amount that we're prepared to help other people. >> can't wait to see it. >> checking our top stories at 45 minutes after the hour, two twins are in stable condition after jury johns separated them. emit and owen were connected and surgeons say they are cautiously optimistic. it's going to be a soggy labor day across much of the united states. flash flood watches will be in place. storm front is moving through the midwest and northeast could bring showers and storms. in the meantime, the country's midsection will be hot with advisories in effect from des moines to dallas. and a theme park in jackson, new jersey. 41 stories tall. it's the kind of ride where they
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nascar driver pulling to the atlanta motor speedway heading in for the chase for the speed cup. a survivor, ryan vickers, is racing again after his previous team dropped out of nascar and he's also overcome a more serious hurdle. blood clots in his legs, lungs, and a finger. if not treated, they could have taken his life. ryan vickers is joining us now. we were just talking about it in the break how the most unexpected things strike you and, well, first of all, tell me how it happened. are you walking down the street and you feel something wrong? >> pretty much, actually. i was in washington, d.c. i had some signs and symptoms leading up to it but you're
young, you think you're invincible, this pain will go away. and then it got to a point where i couldn't stand it and i was in d.c. and i walked to the hospital. >> you walked yourself to the hospital? >> with a friend, porter, he walked me to the hospital. he was there and knew where it was. we couldn't get a cab so i walked. by the time i got there, i could hardly breathe. >> what did you think was happening? >> i had no idea. but i can tell you this, you don't have to wait long in the hospital and say, i can't breathe and my chest hurts. they take you right back. >> they probably thought you were having a heart attack, yeah? >> they assumed at first and then they gave me antibiotics, thought i had a pneumonia and it wasn't until the ct scan that they found out i had blood clots. >> so you were an up and coming nascar driver before this, you had great success, and now you're in the hospital and almost died, right? so as you're laying in the hospital, what are you thinking? >> well, it was somewhere between am i going to be okay?
i'm going to be okay. and then the next question is, i have practice friday in dover and they are like, son, not only are you not making practice in dover, you may not be in a car for a long time, if ever. that was a hard thing to deal with emotionally and then try to fight to get back into a race car and now i've had this opportunity for mwr and to get full time back in a nascar were. >> were teams reluctant of helping you because of what happened healthwise? >> once the doctors say you're cleared, it's a fluke accident, they have been fine. >> do you feel that way? do you feel -- you must still think about it and what happened to you and could it happen again? >> kind of what we discussed a minute ago, it's -- i try not to think about it but it's come at times. realization for me is that we are all vulnerable and it can
happen to any one of us at any time. it can happen to me or someone else. when it comes to clotting specifically, it's a very undiagnosed issue. i've tried to help educate people on clots and the medical staff. when i first walked in, they thought i had a pneumonia. >> that's just really scary. you're back in the game, so to speak. do you think differently about things as you're participating in your sport? >> i think i have a new appreciation for it. i always loved what i did. when it's ripped out from underneath you and so quickly and so unexpectedly, it definitely -- it makes you appreciate how much you love the sport. and then to have the second chance, you know, almost the third chance again with mwr, and toyota to get back in a car and to be able to win a couple of weeks ago and to race for two more years for the sprint championship.
>> so ultimate goal for you, ultimate, ultimate? >> to win the championship. i want to win the sprint cup championship. so bad. it's one of my goals that i haven't been able to accomplish yet. so i've been fortunate through the help of great teams and sponsors to win the races but the championship is where it's at. >> well, good luck to you. thank you so much for sharing your story. i really appreciate it. >> thank you. we'll be right back. uh-oguess what day it is!is?? huh...anybody? julie! hey...guess what day it is?? ah come on, i know you can hear me. mike mike mike mike mike... what day is it mike? ha ha ha ha ha ha! leslie, guess what today is? it's hump day. whoot whoot! ronny, how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? i'd say happier than a camel on wednesday. hump day!!! yay!! get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
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something fresh. and she knows how much that matters when she moved to the struggling neighborhood it was an urban food desert with plenty of fast food but almost no fruit and vegetables like they grew up with on the mexico-texas border. >> i figured why not open up my own establishment and be able to offer it every single day for me, for selfish reasons, and for everyone else. >> some predicted locals would not support her but that was seven years ago. >> thank you very much. >> enjoy your lunch. >> and lottatruita has been growing ever since. >> there's nothing like this anywhere around here. >> lottatrufruita has been given expansion loan from the city. >> this is it up and coming and it's being revitalized and so
we're always looking to incentivize and assist investments that help attract residents in neighborhoods like this. >> i am a self-accredited fruitologist because i've had a passion for fruit all my life. >> her secret is simple. the first part -- >> everything that we do here, we would want to eat. and we put a lot of care and consideration into what we do and how we prepare it. >> and the second part? >> a lot of work. >> that's made this combination of fresh fruit and a fresh idea into a home-grown success. tom foreman, cnn. >> i know where i'm going after work. thank you for joining me today. have a wonderful labor day weekend. "legal field" with ashleigh banfield starts now.
making their case, the white house is set to reveal new evidence any moment on syria's chemical weapons use. this, as the debate over military action reaches a boiling point. a montana judge may have made a state a laughing stock and the protesters you see want him to pay for a convicted child rapist. and the nfl settles a massive lawsuit with former players over concussions. we're dpg to talk with one of those players in what seems to be a football sz future. it's friday, august the 30th. our top story, a u.s. military strike inyr