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>> it's all about the love. >> i appreciate you both being here. have a great weekend. that is all for us this afternoon. >> thank you so much. >> thank you for being here. "the lead" with jake tapper starts right now. tired of getting bumped by jimmy kimel? matt damon is joining us today. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the world lead. cnn has been on the ground in the philippines since the super typhoon hit, giving you the most comprehensive coverage of the disaster, and yet our own anderson cooper is being attacked now by the philippine elite for something he said on this very show about the government's response. anderson joins us live from the disaster zone in moments. the money lead. this toy looks awesome. a remote control boat suggested for ages 8 and up but wait a second. is that the logo for rock star energy drink stamped on the side? didn't the company swear to congress that it was not marketing to kids? and the pop culture lead.
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you're involved in a lot of different groups. we counted at least 30. >> really? >> believe it or not. does that include the handsome men's club with jimmy kimmel? >> actor, activist and all around handsome man matt damon joins us to convince you to help him change the world. good afternoon, everyone. i'm jake tapper. welcome to "the lead." we begin with the world lead. coconuts are the only thing keeping some survivors of typhoon haiyan alive. they are living like castaways due to quote, a total absence of food and water, according to one health official. the typhoon was just the beginning. disease, hunger, thirst, these are now the main challenges to seeing the sun rise on another day in the disaster area. some are still keeping watch over the dead bodies of their loved ones. according to officials there, the death toll now tops 3,600 and counting, more than 1,000 are still missing.
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the government estimates that two million people are in desperate need of food. two million. despite the obstacles and clear difficulties the government is having in getting relief to those who need it, some in the philippine media would rather focus on the government's image. a radio host in the philippines who just happens to be married to the country's interior secretary accused our own anderson cooper of coming on "the lead" claiming he saw no presence of the philippine government on the ground in tacloban. only problem is anderson never said that. anderson cooper joins us now live from the philippine capital of manila. welcome. good to see you. on tuesday, you described the crowd at the crippled tacloban airport, survivors huddled there, you expressed surprise the government hadn't gotten a better handle on the situation but you never said there was no philippine government presence on the ground. what's your reaction to this bizarre, inaccurate attack? why do you think she said that? >> reporter: you know, i'm not really clear. i don't know who this person is. i know she's the wife of the, you know, of the interior
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minister who i guess also was under the impression that i said this because he came looking for me when i was on the ground in tacloban. but i don't really know. she's some sort of radio host or something and this is what she said. you know, obviously, having been on the ground there, we were reporting what we were seeing and of course, there's plenty of philippine military and police presence at the airport and at roadblocks. one of the things i was saying is that out in the field, even half a block away or half a mile away from the airport, where people's bodies are laying out, where families are searching for their lost loved ones, they have seen no help. mothers who are searching for their dead kids have gotten no help in that search from rescue workers, according to all the mothers i have been talking to who are there. i have been going back day after day after day to check in on if they have been getting any assistance to try to search for their lost children. so i was saying in japan, we saw military soldiers, national
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defense soldiers the day after the tsunami going block by block, looking through the wreckage for bodies or anybody who may be alive. i think politics is involved with this. i think the federal government is concerned about criticism, they might be getting. local authorities are pointing fingers at the federal government, federal government is pointing fingers at local authorities. bottom line, the only thing that matters, this is all kind of a bizarre side show. the only thing that matters is what's happening on the ground. and is aid getting to people who need it most. clearly, there have been, you know, big delays, big lack of organization on the part of the philippine government on the ground there. that is starting to get better. there is starting to be more food distribution by the world food program and others, but it's certainly been far too long and time is the enemy of people when you're desperate for water and food and medical attention. >> anderson, regardless of what the government may or may not be doing, you have seen some incredible resilience from the people of the philippines.
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tell us about that. >> reporter: yeah. i mean, i just keep thinking about this and i can't stop thinking, i mean, the strength it takes not just to survive a storm, but the strength it takes for a mother to survive the aftermath of this storm, when six of her children are dead, when she can't find three of their bodies and you know, when a mother can't find water to give to her thirsty child. i mean, the strength that it takes, even in a good day, to live in a shack and deal with the indignities that poverty forces upon people. the people are incredibly dignified and in the face of very little help all this past week, they have been standing tall with humor, i mean, people laughing, finding ways to smile even amidst the heartbreak. it's a privilege to see. >> anderson cooper, thank you so much. anderson doing some incredible reporting there. he'll have more at 8:00 eastern.
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turning to iran, a country that the u.s. has little reason to trust for decades now, what with death to america still the phrase to beat among protesters there and of course, iranians are still miffed at the u.s. for the whole helping overthrow the government in the '50s so can it be that the u.s. and other world powers are quote, getting close to a deal with iran over its nuclear program? as a senior administration official tells cnn. we heard the same thing a week ago but then talks stalled. i want to bring in our chief national security correspondent, jim sciutto. it sounds like there is significant progress. >> they are expressing real confidence. i was able to speak to two administration officials involved in this. they say it's a six-month deal, an interim deal while they negotiate something longer term. the keys here, not only does it stop the iranians from expanding their program but also rolls back key parts of the program. the other thing i noticed they said that it affects all aspects of the nuclear program so we're talking about enrichment, talking about stockpiles but also talking about all the nuclear facilities including
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some of the military facilities that have been secret up until this point. what do the iranians get in return? modest reversible sanctions relief. that's what they keep repeating, that it's reversible. they're not going to touch any of the things congress has passed, for instance, on iran's oil exports but may touch things such as assets that are frozen overseas. they have about $100 billion in assets frozen overseas. >> as you reported, the progress seemed stalled a week ago. what got things going again? >> it depends on who you believe on why things fell apart a couple weeks ago. the iranians say there was a bait and switch, that the west came to them with a certain plan on thursday, they thought they were close. then on saturday they came back, it was a harder plan. remember, you had the french foreign minister coming out saying we have to make this tougher. that's kind of water under the bridge as to who made it tougher but clearly, it was tougher to the point where they had to walk away for a bit, go back to their capital. these administration officials say that's natural in a negotiation like this. you have to go home, kind of work things out. they do feel the outlines as i just described appear to be
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close enough for both sides. there clearly is some excitement here about what's going to happen next week. that said, as you said, we have seen this before so you have to go into it with a grain of salt. one thing that makes me believe there's something more substantive here is that there is pressure on both sides. the iranians have to show some relief from this. they're sticking their necks out. and there's a political pressure on the american side because they don't want new sanctions imposed and there's really just a two or three week period that the administration can push that off. so now is the time. >> jim sciutto, thank you. let's bring in ben rhodes, the deputy national security advisor for strategic communications for president obama. he joins us from the white house. ben, good to see you. how close are you to a deal? >> well, we are very close, jake. we narrowed the differences in the last round ever talks in geneva. we will get back together with the p-5 plus 1 next week and we do believe we can achieve an agreement, a first step towards an agreement that halts the progress of the iranian nuclear
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program, rolls back some elements of that program in exchange for some modest relief. but you never know. it's difficult, these negotiations. so we are going to aim to achieve agreement in geneva if we have to walk away from the table, because we can't get the deal we want, we are willing to do that as well. >> when you talk about relief, you are talking about relief from the sanctions that the united states and the international community has imposed on iran. the israeli government is out there saying that the relief is too much, the number is too high, certain individuals in the israeli government say it could be as much as $20 billion in relief. can you give us an idea of the range of relief in terms of billions of dollars? >> well, jake, i can't give you a specific number but i can say that those estimates from the israeli government have been much higher than anything we are contemplating. first of all, we are talking about much less than those estimates we've heard from some of those quarters in israel. secondly, it's very important to note that the core sanctions, the oil sanctions, the banking sanctions, will remain in place
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even after this first step of an agreement, as we negotiate over the next six months. iran will lose more in revenue because of those enforced sanctions than it would gain from this relief. so again, even as there will be some modest limited relief for the iranian government in exchange for the steps that they take, they will continue to face sanctions and they will lose far more in revenue than they will gain from this relief. >> do you trust the iranians to uphold their end of the bargain? as you know, the white house has been saying for a long time that whether it's ahmadinejad or rouhani, the leader that we see on the television is not actually the leader of iran, it's the mullahs pulling the strings. can you trust iran? it's the same people we have been dealing with for years. >> well, jake, we don't want to do a deal based on trust. we want to do a deal based on verification. i think the important point here is president rouhani has said some things that are different. they have taken some steps that
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are helpful. we saw a positive sign yesterday in the iaea report that indicated they hadn't installed certain new centrifuges in their program. in the deal we're contemplating, again, what we're looking at is iranian action to address their enrichment capacity, their enrichment stockpiles, their plutonium program and the reactor in iraq, and far more intrusive inspections, in exchange for this limited relief as we then negotiate a comprehensive settlement. the important point here is that we would be able to turn off that relief if the iranians aren't meeting their commitments. essentially this is entirely reversible. so if the iranians aren't meeting our requirements, the deal is off. that relief is terminated and we will continue to not only enforce the sanctions we have in place, we would be willing to move to additional sanctions if the iranians don't live up to their end of the bargain. >> it would not surprise me at all to hear you have a lot of skeptics and critics on capitol hill. i interviewed one of them, house majority leader eric cantor, republican of virginia. he had this to say about a potential deal.
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>> you have the arabs and israelis join together in their sense that american foreign policy as it's played out in that potential interim agreement is something that is not helpful to the stability of the region and in fact, those allies of ours are telling us to allow iran the ability to continue to enrich or build a plutonium factory is a sure way to spawn nuclear proliferation and god forbid face a nuclear iran. >> ben, there's the house republican leadership saying that our allies in the region say this is going to destabilize the region. your response? >> well, jake, by definition, we believe this is going to make the situation more secure. here's why. we are not going to achieve a comprehensive resolution to the iranian nuclear issue right now. it's going to take some time. we estimate six months. the question is, as you're having that negotiation, do you want their program to advance or do you want to put the brakes on that program and roll it back? that's what we're trying to do with this first step agreement.
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we would address some of the majority leader's concerns. he mentions the plutonium program. we are talking about working to halt the progress of that plutonium program. we talk about making limits on the enrichment capacity, how to address the stockpile, neutralize a portion of it. we are getting at those concerns in the first step of the agreement and it's a common sense question. why wouldn't you want for the first time in a decade to halt the progress of the program while you have a negotiation. we think it would be far more destabilizing to allow the iranians to move forward with their program as we have negotiations. >> ben rhodes, thank you for joining us. we appreciate it. when we come back, the president's terrible horrible no-good very bad week is coming to an end. but will his administration's quote, fumbling of the obama care rollout cost the president more than just some personal embarrassment? later, even an academy award winning man like matt damon can have trouble getting attention when he wants it.
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for more information and savings options, call 1-888-xarelto or visit welcome back. the politics lead now. it's a crisis of confidence with the american people and with the president's own party. today, the house passed the keep your health plan bill, which would give insurance companies the option of extending coverage plans through next year, plans that they were supposed to cancel, but now they're allowed to. they won't be complying with obama care. it's an odd little twist. while the president has promised to veto if the bill ever makes it to his desk, here's the kicker, 39 democrats crossed party lines to push this bill through. if you ask republicans, president obama's unforced errors on obama care have put his legacy on the line. >> across generations, presidencies are often associated with one famous utterance. ask not what your country can do for you. the only thing we have to fear,
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tear down this wall, and our current president will be no different. if you like your health care plan, you can keep it, period. >> he left out read my lips. so is this a presidency in crisis? let's bring in our panel. from cnn's "crossfire" republican strategist s.e. cupp, freshly married, congratulations. >> thank you. >> president of the center for american progress, neara tanden and chief political analyst, gloria borger. neara, you think mr. upton is making too big a deal out of this or does this really have the potential to be the line that people remember the president for saying in the same way that bush senior has read my lips? >> look, i actually think most of what's energizing the issues right now are the fact that the website doesn't work. it is actually fueling the issue because people can't see what their better options would be when they're better on the website itself.
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the challenge here, it's a big challenge, is for this website to work. if the website works, if the law is successful over the next year or so, or the next several months and into the next year, then i think this will recede as an issue. i don't think -- i think the president has generally had a lot of credibility with the american people. i think we shouldn't judge the entire moment -- the entire presidency -- >> he's under water now on the honest and trustworthy numbers. it's totally flipped. he's lost ten points since october. so you know, now i think he's got to get his credibility back but he also has to prove competency, which was never, you know, everybody assumed okay, barack obama's a smart guy, and the fact that he did not know and is clearly upset he did not know raises a question of competency because he should have known. somebody should have told him about the disaster that they were facing on this website. >> there's two issues there. to both of your points. to the competency point, this is
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now becoming a pattern. he didn't know. he didn't know about the irs scandal that was about to erupt just before his re-election campaign was set in november. he didn't know the scope of the nsa spying program and then had to apologize to his allies. he didn't know about the obama care glitches. either he is severely understaffed and no one's really telling him about the hurdles coming up, or there's just a real lack of accountability. so there's the incompetence but then there's also the deception. is he misleading us? democrats wanted bush impeached for misleading us. that's a real problem. >> i think it's a great analogy to go to bush, who lied about weapons of mass destruction around a war which is a very different thing. an irs scandal, i think everything we know about that, quote unquote scandal, is that it's a false scandal. i think it's a great issue as an example. i think actually it is true. look, look, look -- >> he didn't think it was a false scandal.
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he wanted it investigated. >> it was investigated. they had a result -- >> but there are reasons -- >> let's stick to the obama care issue. >> there are reasons you don't bring to the president certain things. he's the top of the pyramid. i can understand on irs, for example, the minute that story were to go into the oval office it becomes a question of -- >> what did the president know and when did he know it. >> and did he try and manage it and did he try and deal with the irs. that's a whole can of worms. if you're chief of staff looking at that, you're thinking maybe i'm not going to bring that to him because i need to protect him, right? on this, i don't think there's any such issue. >> i totally agree. i absolutely agree that it is a big problem this website doesn't work. as an advocate of the law, i want the website to work. i think whoever's responsible for this, there needs to be accountability at the end of the day. >> i want to ask, this upton bill that passed the house today which would give insurance companies, allow them to extend these plans that have been canceled, john boehner, according to the national review, john boehner has said this is part of their strategy
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not to fix obama care but to get rid of obama care. why not have a strategy to try to fix it? >> well, certainly republicans are going to need to fill in those blanks and i think they're going to be very surprised and caught sort of by surprise when and if obama care really does unravel and then there is no alternative. they're not offering anything up. i think for the first time in the past three years, it's a real possibility that obama care is gutted from democrats, from republicans, whomever, so much so that it needs to be completely fixed and altered, and republicans better be the ones with those solutions or we're just going to look petulant. >> the big challenge with the upton bill is it raises costs for people. that's going to be the fine print. that's always been the problem with offering an alternative. it makes the problem worse. republicans have to own that. >> neara, the bride and gloria. thank you so much. coming up on "the lead," a
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welcome back to "the lead." time for the money lead. should kids be the target of high caffeine energy drinks? that's what some senators are now asking. this tweet was sent to senator dick durbin and shows a toy being sold at target with rock star energy drink slapped right on the front. that toy is made by a sport toy manufacturer who has other rock star energy products on their site. back in july the senate commerce committee held a hearing with energy drink leaders and asked who their target market was. here's rock star's coo. >> rock star always has been committed to not recommended for children. by that we mean under 12. >> if the company is targeting consumers over 12, why put the brand name on a toy that's for kids ages 8 and up? democratic senator richard blumenthal is one of the
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senators asking rock star for some answers and to take the brand off the toy. he joins me from hartford, connecticut. good to see you. thanks for joining us. you sent a letter to rock star inc. asking them to explain what's going on. we also tried to contact them. we were not able to connect with them. what have they told you about this toy? >> well, rock star plainly is using a toy and a ploy to pitch their products to children. that's very troubling because these products can be dangerous for children because of the high levels of caffeine and these kinds of marketing pitches aimed at children are one of the reasons why emergency room visits concerning these energy drinks are skyrocketing. and we're asking this company and all the energy drink manufacturers to stop their pitches and marketing ploys to children using toys as well as social media and celebrities and athletic stars, the whole
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panoply. >> parents play a role here, too. it says energy drink right on it. they should decide not to buy their kid the drink, they should decide not to buy their kid a toy that bears the name of the drink. don't you think? >> i agree. parents have a very important role to play. i say that as a parent of four children and i believe that parents need to be more responsible, but you know, these companies are circumventing parents by using social media which often are not understood or overseen by parents, and what's more, many of these children can buy these drinks on their own. there is no labeling, there are no requirements as there are, for example, for cigarettes, that the purchaser be above a certain age. so 12, 13, 14 year olds as well as even 9 year olds can buy these drinks on their own and that is tremendously troubling. so better labeling, better restrictions on purchasing is
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what's needed. >> let's explain the dangers of this drink. we spoke to a woman named wendy crosslin earlier today. her 14-year-old daughter died from cardiac failure, her mother says after her daughter had consumed two monster drinks in two days, although a heart condition was also involved. she had a heart condition although she wasn't prevented from drinking these things. listen to what wendy told us earlier today. >> unfortunately, this is bigger than her. she wasn't the first and unfortunately, she hasn't been the last. if you watched any of the kids from high school and middle school, they were all the shirts and the bookbags, it's the thing. >> even her daughter had asked for a shirt with an energy drink logo. she told her no. we reached out to monster. they did call us back while we were on air. we will post their statement online when they send it to us. what do you make of them merchandising aspect from these companies aimed at 12, 13, 14 year olds, apparently? >> the merchandising and marketing are really creating a
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monster, literally, as the name of the drink implies. the reason is quite simply that high levels of caffeine for children taken regularly can be extraordinarily problematic and dangerous, especially given their growth levels, their maturities and other problems, heart conditions, that may make them even more susceptible to these problems. what we're asking the energy drinks to do is to label so that children know these drinks should not be consumed by people under 18 years old, but also, take ownership about some of these health problems and exercise greater responsibility voluntarily. otherwise, the government may have a role to play. i'm reminded a lot of what we went through on the tobacco issue, and i was one of the attorneys general, state attorneys general, who spearheaded that effort, and we found that the tobacco companies
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were really marketing to children through cartoons and other kinds of ploys. this marketing is reminiscent of that merchandising, even though the product obviously is very different. energy drinks are nowhere near as dangerous as tobacco, but for some kids, they may be extremely problematic. >> senator richard blumenthal, thank you so much for your time. >> thank you. when we come back, we watched him solve one of the world's hardest equations on screen like it was nothing. in the real world, there's a big problem matt damon has not solved yet but he might be able to with your help. plus, let's hope matt's friend ben affleck is taking notes from this little guy. this is how you become batman. the wish that transformed san francisco into gotham city today. welcome back. how is everything?
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welcome back to "the lead." the pop culture lead now. sure, he may be an oscar winning hollywood a-lister now but does
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anyone remember way back when, when matt damon was the one kid in the '80s movie "mystic pizza"? >> you want my green stuff? >> fast forward 25 years from that riveting performance and damon is now one of tinsel town's biggest players and is using his star power to help solve a global crisis. >> do you like apples? >> he's been a genius from southie in "good will hunting." >> how do you like them apples? >> an assassin with amnesia in "the bourne" trilogy and a cop in "the departed." but to hear him tell it, his most compelling role is bringing water and toilets to impoverished villages in developing nations. this isn't just to improve their lives. it's to save them. it's particularly crucial for the young. water and sanitation issues kill
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children around the world at a rate equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every four hours. let's go meta for a second. you attaching yourself to this means i will be sitting here interviewing you, talking about an issue i probably wouldn't, and people at home, viewers, will be paying attention to an issue that they wouldn't otherwise pay attention to. >> yeah. that's the hope. that's obviously the small part i bring, you know, to gary's incredible expertise. >> damon is the co-founder of his partner, gary white, is one of the world's foremost experts in the field. >> i was really looking for the expert in the space, and when i couldn't get that guy -- >> i think we complement each other. matt certainly has come a long way in water. >> why water? you're involved in a lot of different groups. we counted at least 30. >> really? >> believe it or not.
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>> does that include like the handsome men's club with jimmy kimmel? >> real organizations. >> reporter: damon lent his time and money to organizations that worked to end aids, hunger, poverty and even junk mail. >> this is the one that seems -- >> this is the one, this is what i spend all my time on. i just was shocked by how massive water was. water and sanitation. water really kind of underpins everything. >> worldwide, more than 750 million people live without potable water, making them susceptible to disease. since 2009, has helped communities connect to clean water supplies through wells and microloans. the founders say their approach isn't just charity but a sustainable solution. >> tell me about the water credit. how does it work? >> if you're in a slum in india you might be spending hours every day walking to a public tap waiting in line, water is sometimes there, sometimes not. you might be paying the water mafia which is basically people who come around and sell you 20 liters of water for a pretty high price. >> if you could actually front
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them the money to connect to the municipality that was piping water right underneath their feet, you would give them their time back so they could work at their job and pay the loan off. >> cnn traveled with damon and white to india, where they checked in to see how their water credit loans are working. >> when we were in india we met a woman paying 40 rupees every day for her family to go use the public toilet, they had to pay a fee, and to go and purchase the water that they needed. so with her, in her situation, she was able to get a water credit loan that allowed her to pay her connection fee to get connected to the utility and have a faucet in her home. she will come out way ahead. >> i interviewed george clooney about sudan and ben affleck about eastern congo. now i'm interviewing you about water in the developing nation. was there some meeting where you all decided you were going to take on causes that were things that were not getting much coverage that the american people did not know much about? did you decide to go --
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>> there was never like a meeting or anything, or you take this, i'll take that. i think there are a lot of us who think similarly about these issues and just connected personally to different ones. >> i'm not trying to be funny about it, but did you try to find the single least sexy cause that you could? >> i wasn't trying to do that. i think what we were saying before and what you have to keep in mind is it's not just water. it's also toilets. >> 1.1 billion world citizens still practice open defecation due to lack of sanitary facilities and the resulting disease kills millions each year. now, this isn't a glamorous topic to discuss at hollywood fund-raisers but matt damon has not shied away. >> until everybody has access to clean water and sanitation, i will not go to the bathroom. >> earlier this year, he launched a spoof campaign with fellow celebrities to bring attention to preventible disease and sanitation ooishs. . >> we won't go to the bathroom.
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>> when we would speak about this issue, it would go up on youtube and would get like three hits. that was after -- >> two of them were [ inaudible ]. >> right. so we went okay, this isn't really working. whereas like some of the viral stuff i've done gets millions of hits. if you can get somebody laughing about something and they can also dive down a little bit on the complexity of this issue, then we're really getting something done. >> damon is big on getting things done. in 2011, he made political headlines when he told elle magazine he was disappointed with president obama, saying he preferred a quote, president with some balls who actually got stuff done. damon's comments did not go unnoticed. >> matt damon said he was disappointed in my performance. well, matt, i just saw "the adjustment bureau." so right back at you, buddy. >> i liked that movie. >> i hope he did, too. >> i don't even think he saw it.
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i'll be honest. >> he wouldn't be alone. >> now, sure, his fame brings needed attention to damon's causes but that spotlight highlights his comments for naysayers as well. when it comes to getting involved in issues, you're involved in a lot, you have spoken out about teachers unions, and public school, you have spoken out about your disappointment with president obama, inevitably you have critics. >> people really blew that up when i said that. in some cases, i have been unfairly, i have kind of chosen my words poorly when talking about him. look, the truth is i voted for him twice. i campaigned for him. it's humbling to think about that job and how hard it is, particularly in the headwinds that he faces. the kind of historic headwinds that he's facing. i really wish him well, particularly right now. >> do you find it difficult to deal with the criticism? >> it comes with the territory if you're going to become an activist like this. >> yeah, i think if you put a
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megaphone out and say something, it's within any american's right to say something back to you. that's why when i speak out about something like public education, it really means a lot to me. it's also why i'm particularly happy that i spent all my free time working with one of the things i love about it so much is it's totally nonpartisan. >> of course, on tuesday, that's world toilet day. that's one of the reasons why damon did this interview with us, to bring attention to that day. if you want to see more of my interview with matt damon, including backlash from the bush family, check out our website. the program again, the charity is called coming up next, her family says she was just looking for help after surviving a car accident. so why is a man now charged with her murder? plus, it's something he rarely talks about. president obama's faith. ahead, his spiritual advisor will share his personal stories about helping the president through some of his toughest times. how much protein
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welcome back to "the lead." now it's time for the buried
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lead, stories not getting enough attention in our view. the shooting death of a michigan woman has stirred up some disturbingly familiar debates over self-defense and racial profiling. the family of 19-year-old ranisha mcbride says she was killed while looking for help after a car crash and the man who says he shot her in self-defense is now as of today facing murder charges. this all happened earlier this month in dearborn heights. according to the medical examiner's office, mcbride's alcohol level was twice the legal limit at the time of her accident. witnesses say she appeared disoriented not long before she showed up on theodore wafer's front porch. he says he thought mcbride was trying to break in. he accidentally shot her. but according to investigators, there were no signs of forced entry at the home. questions have been raised about whether the shooting was racially motivated since mcbride is black and wafer is white but prosecutors say race issues did not play a role in their decision to file charges. in a world often ruled by cynicism and snark, sometimes it takes nothing short of a super hero to save us from ourselves.
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that's just what we witnessed today in san francisco, where thousands came together to make a 5-year-old cancer patient's wish to be batman come true. for miles scott, also known as bat-kid, this was no longer the city by the bay but gotham city. he was tasked with the important mission of saving a damsel in distress from the riddler's evil doing. miles has been battling leukemia since he was a year old. his cancer is now in remission. the make-a-wish foundation decided to celebrate by making his dream of being bat-kid come true. i for one would like to send a personal message to the bat-kid, thank you for bringing the riddler's reign of terror to an end. to quote steve martin, when i die, don't think i'm a nut, don't want no fancy funeral, just one like old king tut. the bad news, a limestone figurine of king tut's sister is missing after a museum heist in egypt. the museum was ransacked by looters in august of 400 priceless artifacts unaccounted
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for, the statue of the king's sister is considered the most significant. egypt has issued an international alert to try to find her. keep your eyes peeled. she's 35 years old, gray and answers to the name of daughter of the pharoah. when we come back, it's part of his job consoling the nation had its darkest hours but how does president obama himself get through tough times like now? my next guest is one of the people the president leans on. customer erin swenson ordered shoes from us online but they didn't fit. customer's not happy, i'm not happy. sales go down, i'm not happy. merch comes back, i'm not happy. use ups. they make returns easy. unhappy customer becomes happy customer. then, repeat customer. easy returns, i'm happy. repeat customers, i'm happy. sales go up, i'm happy. i ordered another pair. i'm happy. (both) i'm happy. i'm happy. happy. happy. happy. happy. happy happy. i love logistics. i started part-time, now i'm a manager.n.
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. in the national lead, toronto mayor and walking after school special rob ford has admitted to smoking crack, buying illegal drugs, drinking himself into stupors and his approval rating is still a touch higher than president obama's. that's not a joke. it's a reflection of the nosedive the president is taking as the dismal enrollment numbers for his signature affordable care act roll in.
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it's times like these that the president can probably use some choice words from a man who has been there for some of his worst moments, his former spiritual advisor. in the midst of a bruising 2008 presidential campaign, a young staffer was quietly praying for his candidate and decided to let him know. >> i was thinking i wonder who's looking after his soul, his spirit. so shot him an e-mail, wasn't sure what kind of response i was going to get, if i was going to get fired or what would happen if i sent this note. in a few minutes he wrote back and said this is exactly what i was looking for. >> reporter: that message was a short meditation on the 23rd psalm. the lord is my shepherd, i shall not want. that started a daily tradition for joshua and barack obama. about 2,000 devotions later, the e-mails are part of how the president quietly practices his christian faith. dubois joined the administration helping to shape policy and acting as a bridge between faith leaders and president obama. >> president obama is not
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somebody who wears his spirituality on his sleeve. how important is religion and spirituality and jesus christ to president obama? >> you know, it's very important. i for one would rather have a leader who lives out a sermon than preaches one. >> he has been criticized for not picking a church in washington, d.c. >> we recognized very early on that when you bring the whole package of the presidency, all the secret service and all the lines and barricades and so forth the a local congregation, there's a lot of burdens there. so instead of picking one congregation, he's decided to visit several. >> with politics, policy and war, the business of being the president can be all together unholy. >> how do you as somebody who is so attuned to the president's spiritual needs reconcile the job which is born out of tough, unheavenly decisions, and his relationship with god?
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>> as long as, you know, you feel that within your own soul that the moves that you're making are right with god and right with yourself, then that's the best we can ask for. so my job was to help push him towards that relationship with god, where they could have their own conversation about what was right and he makes the best decisions that he can. >> his job approval ratings are at their lowest points in some polls. the president is in a tough time now. during past periods of doubt and difficulty, dubois sent a go-to devotional about bouncing back. he quotes 2nd corinthians, we are hard pressed on ever side but not crushed, perplexed but not in despair, and he combined it with a story about legendary boxer joe lewis, refusing to take a quick rest on the mat after being knocked down because he didn't want his opponent to get any rest either. >> joshua has been at my side in work and in prayer for years now, despite my pleas tomorrow will be his last day in the white house. >> earlier this year, dubois left his role in the
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administration. >> right after the national prayer breakfast he gave me a nice send-off. >> there was just one condition, that he continue to send the president his morning devotional. dubois has a new book featuring many devotionals he sent to the president. it's on sale now. that's it for "the lead." i'm jake tapper. coming up on "the situation room," jim sciutto is filling in. i will be filling in for wolf at 6:00 so i will see you in one hour. mr. sciutto, take it away. happening now, house democrats back a republican fix for obama care. one their leaders say should dismantle the troubled program. also, a mystery off florida. a man falls from a plane and disappears. and bat-kid to the rescue at city hall. thousands of volunteers come together to make the wish of a young cancer patient come true. wolf blitzer is on assignment today. i'm jim sciutto. you're in "the situation room."


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