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DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: A challenge from the White House over Arizona's controversial new immigration law leaked by Hillary Clinton during overseas interview. Now Arizona's governor has a few choice words.

A CNN exclusive inside the Joran Van der Sloot story like no other network. And this one, the pictures really do tell the story.

And you think you know all about the legendary Ray Charles? You better think again. In a sit-down interview with me, his son shares intimate and personal details about what it was like growing up in the shadow of an icon.

But first on day 61 of the gulf oil disaster, one of bp's investors is now distancing itself from the beleaguered oil giant accusing the company of reckless operation on the deepwater horizon rig. Anadarko Petroleum which owns 25 percent of the broken well is now basically blaming bp for the explosion, the death of 11 workers and the entire catastrophic oil spill. Anadarko's ceo accuses bp of gross negligence and willful misconduct.

BP CEO Tony Hayward issued a statement dismissing the allegations saying, bp won't be distracted from the task of dealing with the disaster. That statement came as Hayward travel back to England and was seen attending a yachting race. The Obama administration calls Hayward attendant just one of a long line of pr gaffes. So, while Hayward was watching the yachts, down in the Gulf of Mexico, there is no relief in sight. Overnight, oil collection was suspended for ten hours because there have been equipment failure and lighting storms. That means oil gushed out of the well, unimpeded. And there is new evidence the spill is creeping farther east. Today, tar balls were discovered on the beaches of Panama City.

CNN's Chris Lawrence is with us now live in New Orleans. Chris, are people there upset about Tony Hayward attending a yacht race back in England?

CHRIS LAWRENCE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: At this point Don, it's like people are kind of shrugging their shoulders and going, "what's next?" I mean, I think people here have such a deep-seated disappointment really on what's going on that I don't think really anything at this point surprises them. You know, it's funny, I was talking to somebody recently and they were telling me about, you know, the fact that bp is based in the uk and like that and, you know, it's just -- they just felt like when is someone going to get it? When are they going to get what they have done to our lives here? So, I think, it's a deep deep frustration, I think.

LEMON: Yes, it is very frustrating. But also, I said that oil collection was suspended for some ten hours. Tell me about that, Chris.

LAWRENCE: Yes, the deepwater enterprise malfunctioned and had to shut down for about ten hours. And then getting it back online was sort of a -- that was delayed by a lightning storm. This all plays into why the government came back to bp and said, you've got to build in some redundancies and backups to this systems because that stands right now. When something goes wrong, the entire system shuts down. There are some backups being installed. It may be another few weeks but eventually by the end of the month, they're maybe into July when they have to switch out ships or different things shut down. There will be other systems in place. Of course, not soon enough.

LEMON: All right. Chris Lawrence down in New Orleans. Chris, thank you very much.

And many American workers are directly affected by the anger and the scrutiny now directed at bp. Calls to boycott bp may be understandable, but they may end up hurting innocent people. Take a look at CNN photojournalist Doug Shawn (ph), he accompanies a fuel truck driver who services a bp station in Washington.


KENNY PLUMBER, FUEL TRUCK DRIVER: Today, we're going to haul about 7,200 of regular unleaded and 1,200 gallons of gas. My name is Kenny Plumber and I am a transport petroleum driver. I've been here 18 and a half years and every year it just keeps getting better. We are an independent distributor. We try to do our part being safe and clean about our way of doing things.

BEN PHELPS, CARROLL INDEPENDENT FUEL: We have been in the business for 105 years now. We carry for Citgo, Sunoco and bp as well as unbranded stations. I think a lot of people are misinformed. I think that they think they are hurting corporate bp by boycotting privately held businesses like this station here. It's simply not true. These guys live in your neighborhoods. They live in your communities. You go to church with them, you play golf with them.

JOE ANTONELLI, CAROL INDEPENDENT FUEL: We understand the frustration that the folks have when they drive by and they see the Helios. We understand that they have ill will towards it to some point. We want to make sure they realize that the local businessman is running that location.

PLUMBER: We are just hoping that people stand by us understanding we are an independent distributor. I have a mortgage and bills just like everybody else. It doesn't matter whether it's a gas station or if it's a construction company or heating oil for a hospital. We believe in giving good quality service to everyone. I'm proud to be a part of that.

(END VIDEO CLIP) LEMON: And you have seen the devastation from the oil disaster. Now CNN is giving you a chance to help. Join us Monday night for an all- star relief effort to help rebuild the gulf coast. A special two-hour Larry King live event begins at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, that's Monday night right here on CNN.

And when we come back, the immigration debate heats up again.


J.D. HAYWORTH (R), ARIZONA SENATE CANDIDATE: When you're dealing with domestic policy, it is important that domestic policy be dealt with on American soil.


LEMON: The Obama administration says, it will challenge Arizona's immigration law. People are mad about that, but they are also upset at the way the news was announced.

And a top U.S. cardinal testifies on camera about abuse in the church. We'll show you what he had to say.

Don't just sit there, make sure you become part of the conversation. You can be part of our show, send me a message on Twitter or Facebook. Follow us on twitter and check out my blog on We want to hear from you.


LEMON: Arizona's new anti-illegal immigration law takes effect in about a month if, of course, it overcomes a growing list of legal challenges. Now, there's this, a senior Obama administration official tells CNN that the Justice Department plans to file suit against the law and Arizona's governor is angry that news of the federal lawsuit broke during an interview in Ecuador with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


HILLARY CLINTON, U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE: President Obama has spoken out against the law because he thinks that the federal government should be determining immigration policy. And the justice department, under his direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act.

GOV. JAN BREWER (R), ARIZONA: That is just totally outrageous that the people of Arizona would have to get this information vis-a-vis a blog from the president of our country from Hillary Clinton in Ecuador that they are going to sue us without coming straight to the state of Arizona and notifying me personally. It's outrageous and unacceptable.


LEMON: I talked about the planned federal challenge to the Arizona law with Arizona Republican Senate Candidate J.D. Hayworth and State Democratic House Member Krysten Sinema. I started by asking Hayward why it is such a big deal to him, the announcement happened in a foreign country?


HAYWORTH: When you're dealing with domestic policy, it is important that domestic policy be dealt with on American soil. The fact that the secretary of state whose portfolio does not include court cases involving Arizona or the federal government would make the statement is bad enough. But doubling the score to make this on Ecuador on television, to make this announcement in Ecuador, it betrays a couple of things. On one hand, incredible incompetence on the part of this administration worse deliberate deception. Because Don, the governor is absolutely right. It was just a few short days ago, Governor Brewer was in Washington meeting in the oval office with the president. The president informed the governor that he would be sending, I guess a task force to Arizona, that there would be continuing dialogue. What you see here Don is a lot less public policy productivity and a whole lot more politics.

LEMON: I want to let Representative Sinema get in on this. What about the legal strategy here that Justice Department has indicated it will clean Arizona should not be getting involved with immigration laws which is a Federal government jobs. Do you expect that argument to fly there?

KRYSTEN SINEMA (D), ARIZONA STATE HOUSE: Well, that's probably the strongest argument that exists against sb-1070. It's the supremacy Claus of the United States constitution and it clearly says that whatever the Federal government has authority over, the states enjoyment from engagement in that activity and the federal government does have a long history of setting and enforcing immigration policy in our country. You know, Don, an another note, I think it's important to realize that the Department of Justice actually came to Arizona just a few short weeks ago to meet with both Attorney General Goddard and Governor Brewer to discuss a potential lawsuit. So, this is no surprise to Arizona.

LEMON: So, listen to your first point when you answer this question. What if the federal government can't or won't secure the border, what is Arizona spokes to do here then?

SINEMAN: You know, that's a very real question and it's in fact a crisis in Arizona. Congress has completely abdicated its responsibility to enact tough immigration reform. And that leaves states like Arizona left to fend for themselves. Unfortunately, sb- 1070 doesn't do anything to solve the problem of crime and violence along our border and in our neighborhoods. And so, it's not a real solution to this very real problem. That doesn't mean though that Congress shouldn't take action to secure the boarder and enact tough immigration law.

LEMON: Go ahead Congressman Hayworth.

HAYWORTH: Don, I was just going to point out. Five years ago, I introduced the enforcement first act to try to get the federal government to get its act together and enforce existing immigration law, but when the federal government refuses to act, states are well within constitutional bounds to move forward to enforce the law. And all sb-1070 does by in large is to mirror the enforcement first act that I wrote five years ago. Basically ensuring that Arizona law enforcement will enforce immigration law and put an end to the de facto sanctuary cities and the sanctuary situations we have.


HAYWORTH: And one other thing, Don. It's very important to point out because all these arguments about encroaching on individual rights, listen to what the act itself said.


LEMON: Well, Congressman, listen, we understand that. We have heard the act before. And we don't have time.


HAYWORTH: But so many people haven't read it, I thought it might be important to talk about.

LEMON: Let me get to this question. They can look it up online or they can go to and they can actually read the act. But a lot of people from left and the right say, Arizona's law could lead to racial profiling. Is that a legitimate concern and shouldn't the federal government step in to ensure that, that doesn't happen?

HAYWORTH: Well, Don, you know, you precluded me from reading the exact clause that will preclude racial profiling. What you are asking us to accept is the notion that law enforcement professionals who will receive special training in this, who also have to abide by the act which again precludes any type of profiling and respects civil rights, you're expecting where the premise from the left is that law enforcement will run amok and run renegade. I categorically reject that concept. I believe you will see all about enforcement and virtually nothing about ethnicity. And I'm sorry I couldn't read it, but I do hope people would look it up. And certainly, they would be a step ahead of Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security who did not read the act.


LEMON: He created a sensation when he joined the NBA and later became a humanitarian. Now, one of the league's tallest players ever has died. We'll have details on the passing Manute Bol.

And a revealing video tape deposition of Cardinal Roger Mahony, it shed a troubling new light on how he handled abuse allegations against the priest.


LEMON: I want to take a look now at some of your top stories. There will be a familiar presence in Afghanistan and not everyone is happy about it. An affiliate of the former Blackwater Security Company has won a $120 million contract to protect the u.s. consulates and diplomats. Blackwater contractors were involved in a deadly shooting in Iraq in 2007. Critics say, it should not get any more government contracts.

Former pro basketball star Manute Bol died today in a Virginia hospital where he was being treated for kidney trouble and a rare skin disease. Bol who was 47 was drafted by the Washington Bullets in 1985 and played for three other teams. At 7'7", he was one of the tallest players ever in the nba. And recent years, he devoted his time to helping the people in his native Sudan and reportedly contracted a skin disease from a medication he received in Africa.

President Barack Obama today issued a statement marking the observance of Juneteenth, it marks today, 145 years ago, when union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas but word that enslaved Americans were now free. It came more than two years after President Lincoln's emancipation proclamation. President Obama calls today's observance one step in our continuing effort to perfect our union and live out the ideals of our founders.

The drug known as the female Viagra has failed to clear an FDA committee. Flibanserin is touted as the pill to boost sexual desire in women, but an advisory committee says, the evidence is lacking and the maker needs to go back to the drawing board to collect better data. This is not the final say, but the fda usually goes with what its panel recommends.

On Monday, a Peruvian judge will begin questioning murder suspect Joran Van der Sloot in private. And authorities say, the Dutch citizen has already confessed to the murder of 21-year-old student Stephanie Flores in Peru. If convicted of murder a first degree murder, Van der Sloot could serve between 15 and 35 years in prison in Peru. A few people have come to Van der Sloot's defense. An ex- girlfriend says, he was romantic. She kept in touch with him even after he was linked to the disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in 2005. His mother, Anita Van der Sloot, has also stood up for him saying, "He is not the monster they like the world to see. He's traumatized, depressed and has an addiction. He is not a murderer. It stinks and feels like a big trap set up for him. Joran is sick in his head but he didn't want help."

For now Van der Sloot's home is in Castro prison and it is a dusty jailhouse just outside the capital. His cell is small with the most primitive of bathrooms.

And Jean Casarez has ventured out to the prison and went behind the barbed wire for this report. Take a look.

JEAN CASAREZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We were given exclusive access to Peru's Castro Castro Prison on the outskirts here in Lima. When we first entered, we were in general population. And we could talk to or interview anyone we wanted to. We wanted to go to up to the upper cell block areas because that is where five to six inmates are housed per cell. They told us, no, they said, it was because of security concerns. But we were allowed to go where Joran Van der Sloot was. We saw him come from his cell area to a nearby office building. And that's when they took us into the cell of Joran Van der Sloot.


CASAREZ: This is the cell of Joran Van der Sloot. They just took him out so we could come in here. This is where he lives day in and day out at Castro Castro. This is his clothes, remember you saw him on television in these cloths? He still have them here. Here are his pants. And over here, here is his bed. It's a mattress. Here are all of his personal belongings. You can see a lot of books. I see religious books. I see toothpaste, I see the bible right there. I see books that are written in Dutch. And then over here he has his own bathroom. As we've heard it is a hole in the ground.


CASAREZ: Joran Van der Sloot had two visitors right before we got to the prison. There was a Dutch minister that had flown in from the Netherlands to see him. He said, he was also here for other Dutch inmates in Peru. Also his attorney, Maximo Altez. Next on tap for Joran Van der Sloot, on Monday, he'll be face to face with a judge right here in Lima. The judge will be asking for a formal statement.

In Lima, I'm Jean Casarez for "In Session" on true TV reporting for CNN.

LEMON: Ray Charles made his mark with his soulful sound and remarkable life. And his death was really a blow to his son.


RAY CHARLES JUNIOR, RAY CHARLES' SON: I was in deep despair after my father passed away, just simply out of control.


LEMON: In a new book, Ray Charles Junior talks about his own struggles and his relationship with his famous father.


LEMON: It is a weekend for honoring fathers, but when you're the name sake of a famous person, it can be a tremendous burden. There are many examples of those who have experienced real problems trying to follow in the footsteps of famous dads. Ray Charles Robinson, Jr. had his own struggles which he has chronicled in his new book, it's called "You Don't Know Me: Reflections of my Father, Ray Charles." I got a chance to talk to him about his relationship with his famous dad.



LEMON: People are going to say, well, I have seen the movie. Like why do I need to read the book? What's the book going to tell me? I have already seen it. CHARLES: It's everything that you didn't see in "Ray." Simply, I mean, you have his childhood, you have an illustration of the relationship that was not basically explained between my father and mother. How they met, how he pursued her, what they went through to build that relationship on a sound foundation. For him to go from being just Ray Charles robin son to being Ray Charles, and that was a distinct moment.

LEMON: Is it still hard? I mean, do you find yourself at moments going like overwhelmed by your father's -- by the story, by his death?

CHARLES: I miss him a lot. There was a lot that you feel. I just feel that our time was too short here. And not being around him when he was dying, yes. I'm still overwhelmed. But there's healing in this book.

LEMON: It can be tough this time of year.

CHARLES: I was lost after he died. When I got the first call, I was in Russia and I was making a film. And I was in St. Petersburg and he called. You know I found out he had an accident and he may have to have hip surgery. And his first words out of his mouth, I said, who is this. He said, it's your father and it's just nice to hear your voice, son. And at that point I said, he's dying.

LEMON: So, at that moment it was like, oh my God, he's actually dying.

CHARLES: Panic, anxiety. OK, he's not going to be here. And he always used to -- always would come and tell me, son, I just want you to be able to do things on your own. You're talented. I need you to focus on what you really want to do. And you can do it. He said, but what are you going to do when I'm not here? You're not going to have me to come to. And that's what it means not to have a father on this Father's day. Because good, bad or indifferent or whatever your differences are, you still have your father to go to and say, I love you, and choose to take the high road. It's good to touch him and kiss him. And that's the person that birthed you, he gave you the right to walk this earth. I think that's something.

LEMON: He would touch you?

CHARLES: He would touch me and he would come to us in the front and feel our shoulders, and feel my wrist and my hand and my face. That was his way of saying. And he said, I just want to see you, son. That's a beautiful thing, you know? That's something that no one knows about and those are our moments and that's where I go.

LEMON: So, you didn't think you'd be able to write this book?

CHARLES: No. Nor did my family. My family did not think I was going to make it. I have to tell you I was in deep despair. I was in deep despair after my father passed away. Just simple out of control. And not just out of control, sinking deeper and deeper into depression and cocaine or something like. It just enhances everything that you do. Did I know better? Every day. Did I know that maybe the next time it could be my life? Yes. One day I looked in the mirror and I said, that's it. What are you doing? What? What are you doing?

LEMON: And that was it?

CHARLES: That's four years ago.

LEMON: Did you get to say everything you wanted to him?

CHARLES: To my father?

LEMON: Mm-hmm.


LEMON: Want to share it?

CHARLES: I -- you know, we were sitting in his office and I said, dad, you know, I love you. Your life is special. He told me, son, you're special. He says, you don't have to do anything but be my son. That's enough. I'm proud of you and I'm proud of what you have done.

LEMON: You said he did the head thing. What did he say to you? You can do it. If Jamie Foxx can do it, you can do it.

CHARLES: You ask him something personal. Dad, all I know how to do is play the piano and sing songs.


So that was his answer for answering personal questions about girls or life. Something too complicated, that was his answer. I just know how to play the piano and sing songs.



LEMON: Thank you very much. I enjoyed that interview.

You never know how far tips can get you. In the case of this week's "CNN Hero," they are helping transform an entire country. We'll meet her when we come back.


LEMON: A newly released videotaped deposition of Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahoney sheds new light into how the head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese handled allegations that a priest was molesting children. The allegations are not new. But the videotaped deposition offers a more personal picture of the cardinal's decision-making process, a process that has angered victims.

Here's CNN's national correspondent, Susan Candiotti.


SUSAN CANDIOTTI, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's a five-hour deposition that the L.A. Archdiocese tried to keep under court seal. It failed. A lawyer is grilling Cardinal Mahoney about how he handled child sex abuse allegations from 1986 to 2000 against Father Michael Baker, who is now serving a ten-year sentence for child molestation.


JOHN MANLY, ATTORNEY, MANLY & STEWART: What mistakes do you acknowledge you made?

CARDINAL ROGER MAHONEY, L.A. ARCHIOCESE: Well, basically, I believed him. I believed him all along that he was making progress. He was going to the therapist. There were no new offenses. And I just believed that he really intended to reform.


CANDIOTTI: Victims' advocates say believing the lie was a tragic mistake that ruined lives.

Back in 1986, Father Baker confessed to Mahoney that he molested two boys but the cardinal didn't call police because it wasn't church policy and the priest claimed he didn't know the children's last names.


MAHONEY: He had no idea where they were, no idea where they could be found, that they had moved multiple times, and all he knew is they went to Mexico.

MANLY: What did you do at that time to make sure no one else in the parish had been hurt?

MAHONEY: Well, I asked him where this happened. He said it did not happen at the parish.

MANLY: OK. And you believed him?

MAHONEY: Unfortunately, I believed everything he said.


CANDIOTTI: The church ordered Father Baker into treatment and eventually reassigned him for bidding contact with children.

For the next 14 years, Baker resigned at nine more parishes, but the cardinal says the parishioners were never told Father Baker was an admitted child molester.


MANLY: About at Saint Jerad Mahea (ph)? Did anybody know there? Was anyone advised?

MAHONEY: Not that I'm aware of. MANLY: How about at Saint Mary's?

MAHONEY: I simply don't know.


CANDIOTTI: Then in 2000, Father Baker and the church settled a sex abuse lawsuit by two adults, who claimed to have been abused as children. Only then was Baker defrocked at his own request.

Yet, the cardinal said he delayed telling parishes for about two months. Nor did he question Father Baker about any more victims.


MAHONEY: At that point, I wouldn't have asked him because he was the consummate liar.


CANDIOTTI (on camera): Two years later, the archdiocese reported Baker to police. Before 1997, the church was not required by state law to contact police about child abuse allegations, nor was there any church policy to tell parishioners about allegations.

Others argue there was a moral obligation.

MANLY: He's a predator. He consumes children. What is the defense? I screwed up? I trusted him? It's nonsense. He had a responsibility when he knew that he had molested a child to get him out of the ministry, to layacize (ph) him, to report him to the plaintiffs.

CANDIOTTI: Plaintiff's attorney, John Manly, deposed Mahoney in a lawsuit involving Baker that the church settled for more than $2 million.


MAHONEY: If we had in effect policies of today then, Michael Baker would have been taken out of the ministry and layacized (ph), period.


CANDIOTTI: This week, Cardinal Mahoney released a statement saying what's in the deposition is nothing new. Quote, "I again apologize to Michael Baker's victims, the faithful, and the community for my own failure to deal more forcefully with Baker."

(on camera): As CNN first reported last year, sources close to the investigation say a federal grand jury has been investigating whether the archdiocese and Cardinal Mahoney violated any laws in the molestation cases. And the L.A. District attorney's office is also investigating. But in a just released memo, said so far, there is insufficient evidence of a criminal conspiracy.

Susan Candiotti, CNN, New York. (END VIDEOTAPE)

LEMON: We'll check your top stories right now.

An adult grizzly bear believed to have mauled a man to death in northwestern Wyoming has been shot and killed. The bear was tracked by its radio collar in Shoshone National Park. The victim, 70-year- old, Irwin Frank Everett (ph), was part of the team that had captured and tagged the bear with the collar before returning him to the wild.

A scary work day for three window washers in Houston, Texas, today. They were stranded on damaged scaffold about 45 stories up on the outside of the Wells Fargo building. Rescue crews lowered safety harnesses to them. The men had to wait until a glass company to remove a window to pull them to safety. But all three, luckily, are doing fine.

The heiress to the Swedish throne has married her personal trainer in lavish wedding ceremony in Stockholm. Crown Princess Victoria married Daniel Wesling in a wedding estimated to cost around $2.5 million. That price tag has sparked outraged in Sweden among taxpayers. Stockholm tried to capitalize on the wedding by proclaiming itself the, quote, "City of Love."

This week's "CNN Hero" is a tour guide in Cambodia who started using her tip money to transform the lives of rural children. A survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime, she has made it her personal mission to educate Cambodia's poor by giving them what they need to go to school.


LEMON: To nominate someone you think is changing the world, go to or

As people get older, cataracts become a real problem. Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at whether a change in diet is the answer to improving your eyesight.


LEMON: Blurred vision, reading glasses, trouble seeing at night, most of us just accept that our eyes get bad as we get older. But could changing your diet really make a difference? Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta has the results of a new study on delaying the onset of cataracts.


LEMON: All right, Dr. Gupta, thank you.

"The Situation Room" is straight ahead.

Wolf Blitzer, what do you have for us?

WOLF BLITZER, HOST, "THE SITUATION ROOM": Don, lots coming up at the top of the hour in "The Situation Room." Complete coverage of the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Anderson Cooper, Ali Velshi, Mary Snow, they're on the scene for us. We'll get reaction to the congressional hearings with Tony Hayward, from the Charlie Melancon, the Louisiana congressman.

Also Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, he weighs in on U.S.-British relations in the aftermath of this B.P. disaster.

All that, and a lot more coming up in "The Situation Room."

Don, back to you.

LEMON: All right, Wolf, thank you. We'll be watching.

In honor of Father's Day, a documentary filmmaker explores a complex and sometimes contradictory message men receive about what it means to be a good dad. We'll talk to him next.


LEMON: With Father's Day coming up tomorrow, we ask the question, what does it mean to be a good dad? A new documentary called "Evolution of Dad" reveals the answer is much more complicated than we think.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Both boys and girls learn from their fathers how men think, feel, act, speak.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Dad, it's because of what you did that's made me the person that I am.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We're talking about a huge cultural shift.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Men can be equivalent parents to women.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Emasculating, liberating


LEMON: Wasn't that cute? The man behind the documentary is filmmaker, Dana Glazer.

Hey, good to see you. You have two little boys. Why did you decide to -- by the way, it's a really cute documentary? But why did you decide to make this film?

DANA GLAZER, FILMMAKER: Thank you, Don. First off, thank you so much for having me on your show. You know, two of my passions, fatherhood and filmmaking, and I thought what a great idea to bring those two together and to explore a role that I think is, you know, somewhat deemphasized in our culture. That's really why I decided to do it.

LEMON: Do you think it's deemphasized in our culture? Why? GLAZER: Well, you know, I think that we all -- the societal message is that fatherhood is important. And it is. But if you scratch the surface, the real underlying message is, back to work, dad. I think our culture emphasizes the part of the father as it being the breadwinner, to the attraction of everything else. So, you know, the purpose of this movie is to explore that and to see how difficult work-family balance is in this country. I think that is really the crux of the issue.

LEMON: You think each is just as important, because some people say it's more important to spend more time with your children, and there are others -- you know, I don't want to get you wrong, but it sounds like you're saying it's more important or maybe equally as important to also support your family? What are you saying?

GLAZER: I think that they're equally important.


GLAZER: You know, I think that there are a lot of fathers out there who are struggling at work because they feel like they can't get to be with their kids as much as possible. And I think that what we lack in our culture is that work-family balance. You know, there is just not support. Dads just are not encouraged to do so.

LEMON: As you remember --

GLAZER: And parental leave is --

LEMON: As we were talking during the break -- sorry to cut you off. There is a bit of a delay. I want to warn you of that.


LEMON: But we were talking during the break and I said my dad spent a lot of time at work. It was great having the summer camp and the boat and all that and the motor homes and all that stuff. But I don't know that I look back now that he's gone, I think I would have wanted to spend more time, just more time with him.

GLAZER: Sure. I think a lot of people look back and think that. I think that's -- yes.

LEMON: Yes. That's important. Let's talk about dads and daughters. You also explore that in this documentary. And it's cute to see a dad with a daughter. Let's take a look now.


JENNIFER COLE, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: Although most people would not argue with the idea that boys need their dads. There's a lot of research and countless anecdotal evidence that show that girls equally need their fathers.

DR. MICHAEL KIMMEL, AUTHOR, "MANHOOD IN AMERICA": Girls whose fathers were involved in the sports life, coached them or whatever, are like one-tenth as likely to get beat up, date raped, sexually harassed in the workplace as other women are.


LEMON: All of that because of -- that can affect how much time you spend with your daughter, can affect those things, those serious things.

GLAZER: Yes. It's extraordinary, isn't it? When I did the research for this film and I started finding out these things, I was somewhat stunned. But it's really true. And it shapes how much, you know, girls and boys, what they look for in a mate later on. It -- so much simple is impacted, especially with girls, their relationship with their father early on.

LEMON: Yes. Happy Father's Day to you.

GLAZER: Thank you so much.


LEMON: All right. We appreciate you being here. You're such a happy person. I was talking to you during the break. You're always smiling and a very happy person. It's good to see. Thank you, sir. Enjoy.

GLAZER: Thank you, Don. I appreciate being on your show.

LEMON: All right. Now it's time for "News You Missed," those interesting stories you may not have seen, especially later on in the week.

The first one is a California man, who says he killed his childhood molester, is now headed to prison. The judge called the death of Darrell R. McNeil vigilante justice, and sentenced Aaron Vargas to nine years behind bars. We told you his story just last week on CNN. The 32-year-old Vargas says McNeil had molested him for decades. Dozens of family and supporters, including the accused molester's wife and son, hugged and cried after hearing the decision on Tuesday. Vargas' sister had been trying to convince authorities to give him probation and no prison time. She spoke with me last week.


MINDY GALLIANI, SISTER OF AARON VARGAS: Darrell McNeil is coming around and offering to baby-sit Aaron's new daughter, bringing diapers, asking to see her. So Aaron felt that his child was in danger. The sheriff's department and the probation department, who have made outrageous accusations by saying that the abuse was a consensual relationship, and that the shooting was some kind of a lover's quarrel. It's just -- it's outrageous to me.


LEMON: Vargas could be out in four years on parole. His lawyer says he will look into the possibility of an appeal.

The war in Afghanistan just got a bit more complicated. Up until now the country was believed to have almost no valuable natural resources, certainly none worth fighting for. But now the U.S. says parts of the country hold large deposits of gold, copper and other minerals worth at least $1 trillion. That's a lot of money.

I'm Don Lemon at CNN headquarters in Atlanta. See you back here in an hour. "The Situation Room" begins right now.