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BROOKE BALDWIN, CNN ANCHOR: Hey, Suzanne, thank you so much.
And hello to all of you. I'm Brooke Baldwin. A lot happening over the next couple of hours. I want to begin with "Rapid Fire." Roll it.
Any minute now we're going to see the president. He is set to sign the so-called JOBS Act into law. JOBS is an acronym. It stands for Jumpstart Our Business Startups and essentially it's going to make it easier for start-up businesses to raise investor money. Backers say by helping small businesses avoid those cumbersome regulations, real jobs will be created. On the flip side, you have critics speaking out saying that the law opens the door for fraud and investor abuse. So stay tuned for that. We're going to take it live.
Meantime, checking the clock here. That 1:00 p.m. Eastern deadline, about an hour ago, it has now past for the attorney general of the United States to do his homework for a panel of federal judges. And he has submitted a letter to them, single spaced, as per their requirement. So these judges involved are Republican appointees who are hearing one of the challenges to the Affordable Care Act and they wanted Attorney General Eric Holder to explain whether federal courts can, in fact, strike down congressional laws as unconstitutional. But they only asked for that particular explanation after hearing the president say this week that the Supreme Court should not take a, quote, "unprecedented step" and overturn the health care law. We're going to have more on that with our senior legal analyst Jeff Toobin in the next hour.
Also, we talked a lot about that Mega Millions lottery last week. Here's the deal today. Maryland lottery officials are expected to make some sort of announcement any minute now as well and whether we'll find out anything about one of the three big Mega Millions winners, that's the big mystery today. There is a woman, Mirlande Wilson. She claims she won one of the $218 million prizes and that the ticket is stashed as a McDonald's where she works. That's what she says.
Just a couple of days after those tornados pounded Texas, dangerous storms are now moving eastward. Just a quick check here looking at the radar. The southeast now smack dab in the bull's-eye, especially Alabama, which could see isolated twisters. Chad Myers, John Morris, they're in there. They're going to keep an eye on it for you from the weather center. Also this. Tearful, desperate searches for people trapped in a landslide. This is Kenya. Heavy, heavy rainfall overnight sent boulders tumbling into tin shacks in a Nairobi slum. Several people are reportedly still trapped under all this rubble, the debris. The BBC is reporting at least six people killed and more rain, we're told, is expected there through the end of the week.
Two Syria now. Syria says it's taken steps to comply with a peace plan proposed by the United Nations. The government says it has partially withdrawn troops from some cities and towns there, but you have opposition groups saying assaults they do in fact continue. At least 37 people have been killed today around the country. This amateur video from a raid in the city of Homs.
And a new satellite photo of a North Korean missile launch pad suggests a long range rocket is about to be launched. North Korea has said it plans to launch a satellite this month, but western powers suspect it's a cover for a ballistic missile test. The launch would violate multiple U.N. resolutions.
And the man charged with killing three members of singer Jennifer Hudson's family goes on trial. In fact, in a couple of hours here into jury selection in the trial now of William Balfour. Balfour is the estranged husband of Hudson's sister. Hudson's mother, her brother were shot inside their Chicago home in 2008. And the body of Hudson's seven-year-old nephew was found three days later in an SUV. A total of 150 people are in the pool of prospective jurors in that case.
And hurricane forecasters say we may be able to breathe a sigh of relief. They're predicting just -- I say just -- just two named storms in the Atlantic basin this year, four of them becoming hurricanes, two becoming major hurricanes, a category three, four or five storm. That is fewer than the 30-year average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes we've been seeing.
And got a lot more to cover for you in the next two hours. Watch this.
We're standing by for a rare photo op. One that will showcase actual bipartisanship in Washington. You'll see the president, House Republicans, many others joining together for the signing of this law. One that's intended to create jobs for you. We'll bring it to you live. I'm Brooke Baldwin. The news is now.
BALDWIN: We are keeping here an eye on Washington. You see already a packed house there at the White House as we are all waiting for the president. The president will sign, in a matter of minutes, the so-called JOBS Act into law. And keep in mind, JOBS is an acronym that stands for Jump-start Our Business Startups.
And so just a quick refresher. Once this act becomes a law in a matter of minutes, here are three things it will do. First off, it's going to make it easier for small businesses to raise money, raise capital from investors. Secondly, it will allow small businesses to use the Internet to raise up to $1 million in small investments. And, third, it will make it more attractive for private companies to go public by relieving them of some of these SEC regulations and disclosure requirements there.
But let's talk a little bit more about this and what we should be expecting to see there at the White House with our chief White House correspondent, Jessica Yellin.
First, Jessica, you know, big picture. As we've been talking today, we are about to see a rare photo op of, you know, bipartisan support in Washington, right, because we are going to be seeing the president and along with him the House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
JESSICA YELLIN, CNN CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: That's right, day two of kumbaya apparently here at the White House, Brooke. Yesterday we saw a bipartisan group when the president signed the Stock Act. Today the president will be flanked by Republicans and Democrats as he signs this, another bipartisan piece of legislation. The so-called do nothing Congress apparently able to get a few things done with the White House and so they're both signaling that Washington can work a little bit because both sides lose when Washington doesn't work at all. Still, don't expect peace to continue going forward because this is an election year.
BALDWIN: As you point out, so astutely, that this is an election year and perhaps talking strategy, does this allow the Obama administration to say, look, I can work with Republicans in improving our economy?
YELLIN: Yes, it does. It allows both sides to go out and say, we have done something to try and kick start the economy and create more jobs. One thing I would caution and point out is that there are many critics of this piece of legislation who say, in the rush to show that they're -- that both sides are trying to create jobs, that they've crafted a bill that has many weaknesses. And even the head of the SEC has warned that there are elements in this bill that weaken investor protections. Protections that were put in place after the Enron crisis, after the 2008 financial collapse, that increase transparency, that required more reporting from these companies, and more separation of research from investment, so that you knew what you were buying when you were an investor. And so they fear -- there is some who fear that this actually weakens investor protections in some ways, while it also helps small businesses get more funding in other ways, Brooke.
BALDWIN: Let me elaborate, as you, you know, perfectly point out. The head of the SEC is critical. Want to elaborate just a little bit on some of the criticism, you know, and people seeing this legislation a little differently than those who are backing it. So I just want to point out, Jessica stand by for me, four fears critics have.
So, number one, it allows firms to avoid disclosing financial information that is critical investors. Two, it allows startups to allude government oversight that was set up to protect consumers. Three, opens the door to fraud and investor abuse. And, four, AARP warns seniors -- seniors could become easier targets of investor fraud through advertising that will now be allowed. So now that we've gone through the criticism -- and, Jessica, I hear you wanting to jump in. Go ahead.
YELLIN: Just one thing I'd like to add is that the head of the SEC, some of her criticisms were addressed in the bill and they did resolve some elements of it. But, you know, for example, the AARP is very concerned that companies can now advertise online and on billboards saying invest in my company. And they're -- the AARP is very concern seniors in particular could get looped into investing in companies they don't know a lot about. And that's just one example of something that could happen as an unintended consequence of this bill.
BALDWIN: OK. Looking at my clock, it's 2:11. The president's supposed to be speaking here any minute now. Let me just keep you for one more question, Jessica, and that is, what do we expect to happen? Who will we see, in addition to the president, officially signing this JOBS Act into law? How exactly will this whole thing go down?
YELLIN: Well, we're going to see the president, House Majority Leader Eric Canter, and I believe Senator Scott Brown will be there, as well as a number of other participants who helped support this bill. The president, no doubt, will champion the elements of this that they believe -- and the White House was emphatic about this. Jay Carney, the press secretary here, saying they're confident that this will help grow jobs and that the administration will be able to protect investors by using the resources and the regulations in place to step up, you know, what they already have the books. So I think you'll hear him underscore that and you'll hear him talk about his commitment to creating jobs and probably use it to press ahead on other issues that matter to him. Maybe fair shake. I wouldn't be surprised if we heard him use that phrase, Brooke, something tells me.
BALDWIN: Fair shake she says. It's a --
YELLIN: Have you heard it somewhere before?
BALDWIN: I think I've heard that before. As the kumbaya, as you point out, continues, day two here at the White House. Jessica Yellin, we're still waiting for that two minute heads up. We're going to go back to you. We're obviously going to take that live as soon as we see the president and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and others stepping up. And the president officially signing the JOBS Act into law.
In the meantime, we're going to move on. Look at this.
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TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I don't want to say what it sounds like this time, what a lot of people are saying it sounds like, but let's play it a few times so the viewer can have an idea for themselves and make their own conclusion.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sure.
(END VIDEO CLIP) BALDWIN: Many insist that George Zimmerman used a racial slur the night he shot Trayvon Martin. CNN even took the time, we enhanced the 911 call with no definitive answer. Well now one forensic analyst says he knows for certain what word George Zimmerman used and it's not the slur you might be thinking of. That brand new development is next.
BALDWIN: Before I move on, you see this little box here? We are watching -- this is a live signal. We are watching and waiting for President Obama to step out there at the White House and sign a pretty significant act into law, the JOBS Act, which essentially allows smaller and medium-sized businesses to, you know, jump through some of the regulations. You know, quickly raise some money, some capital. There are obviously critics to this. There are supporters to this. But we're waiting for this big sort of photo op because you're going to see the president and also someone who he clashed with quite a bit during the whole debt limit negotiation back last summer and last fall. So we're going to be seeing -- we're going to be seeing the two of them standing together at the White House. So wait for that.
Meantime, the 911 recordings from the night Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed have now been slowed down, enhanced and enhanced some more, all in this effort to hear exactly what the admitted shooter, George Zimmerman, said to 911 operators that night and to determine if the neighborhood watch volunteer used a racial slur. Well, we have a new development today and I want to bring in CNN's Martin Savidge, who is still down in Sanford, Florida, the town, as you now know, where that shooting took place.
And, Martin, you've gotten a hold of this newly enhanced audio. What does it reveal?
MARTIN SAVIDGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, let me tell you how this all happened. Last night I had a conversation with the attorneys that represent George Zimmerman and I specifically asked them about the issue of the racial slur, because it is so inflammatory in this whole story. They said Zimmerman never made it. I said, well, have you asked George Zimmerman about that? They said, yes, they did. George has told him the words he used were f-ing punks. OK.
Then, independently, I got a hold of Tom Owen of Owen Forensic Services, which is a company that specializes in audio enhancement, audio improvement. And he started analyzing that specific segment of the 911 call. And the first thing he noticed was that at the very moment George Zimmerman says whatever comes out of his mouth, the phone takes a hit. Either an electronic interference hit or may have physically been bumped. And as a result, that distorted what was recorded and what everybody says they heard. He was able to isolate that interference, remove it, slow it down, do a few other things and this is what he got.
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GEORGE ZIMMERMAN (voice-over): (INAUDIBLE).
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SAVIDGE: OK, I couldn't hear it myself, so I'm going to have to assume it was there.
BALDWIN: We heard it.
SAVIDGE: But what he says, analyzing it carefully and clearly, is the word punks. So essentially what we have here, there are a lot of questions still about what George Zimmerman did on the night that he shot Trayvon Martin, but his attorneys and at least one audio analyst expert say he did not use a racial slur.
BALDWIN: Punks instead they say. And now he has, Martin, a new defense team. Tell me about -- tell me about the new team and tell me about this website they're putting together. What is that?
SAVIDGE: Right. He's added a new defense lawyer. That is Hal Uhrig. He specializes in criminal cases of this nature. He was -- a lot of people saw him during the Casey Anthony case. He wasn't directly involved there, but he was commentating in a lot of places. So he is considered to be pretty strong as far as putting up a defense. And one of the things they are putting up right away, they say, is a website, zimmermandefense.com. Apparently still under construction. Not up yet. They say it will be a place where people can get real information, their side of events. They also say people could donate if they so wish by PayPal to make a contribution to George Zimmerman's defense. But, of course, George Zimmerman has not been charged with anything yet, but it appears they think he could be.
BALDWIN: Martin Savidge in Sanford. Martin, thank you.
Now to this video that went viral. One hundred million hits on YouTube. So now this group behind the Kony video about a brutal African war lord has released a sequel. And in this new video, they take on critics.
Plus this. We are getting in new pictures of a plane crash. Look at this. Into a Publix supermarket. Be right back.
BALDWIN: Again, just a quick reminder, live pictures there from the White House. We are awaiting and watching to see the president and a number of other members of Congress to appear. And the president will be signing that JOBS Act into law any moment now. So stay tuned for that. We'll bring it to you live.
Meantime, we do now have pictures inside a Florida Publix where a single engine plane crashed Monday shortly after takeoff. The crash caused so much heat, it cooked the pasta in the pasta aisle. Here is a terrifying 911 call right after the crash.
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DISPATCHER: What's going on at the Publix?
CALLER: The Publix! Publix! Up in the Westgate Plaza. Oh, my God, an airplane just went into the Publix. Oh, my God. It just flew in --
DISPATCHER: An airplane just went into the Publix?
CALLER: An airplane just went down right into the Publix, Westgate Plaza. See, I'm on a cell phone in the parking lot. Westgate. Westgate Plaza.
DISPATCHER: OK, and you're in DeLand?
CALLER: DeLand. Right up near DeLand. I hear the (INAUDIBLE), oh, my God.
DISPATCHER: OK, just relax. Just relax. They're on the way, OK? All right, thank you. Bye-bye.
CALLER: OK, thank you, dear.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BALDWIN: I'd be panicked, too, listening to that, wouldn't you? The pilot and the passenger were seriously burn and three shoppers inside that grocery store were also injured.
And we told you about 80-year-old Helen Collins. Her 81-year-old husband collapsed while flying their small plane from Florida to Wisconsin. So she had to land the plane herself. We now have recordings between Mrs. Collins and air traffic control. We're going to play that for you next hour. Mrs. Collins had complained of back pain after that landing, but amazingly she is a OK.
And the sequel to "Kony 2012," it is now out. Part one was viewed more than 100 million times on YouTube. So the second chapter here, this is part of a renewed call to action against Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army. Part response to critics, part explanation of what the group Invisible Children is doing to help these children and teenagers escape this African war lord.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We were contacted by the U.N., who asked us to design flyers that would be culturally sensitive and reach out to the LRA directly.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It gives them hope. A wife of Joseph Kony defected from Car because she saw the flyer.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
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BALDWIN: The sequel now out. It hasn't gone viral yet. But we can tell you, it's been viewed just over 300 times.
Still ahead, have you seen this? Google now unveiling its very latest toy. This is what it looks like if you're wearing these eye glasses robo cop style. They can tell you the weather. They can answer your phone calls. So, could this futuristic product be a hit or a big disappointment? Katie Linendoll, she is standing by. She's been talking to Google. She's got the scoop next.
BALDWIN: Well, you can see here live pictures at the White House. You see nothing. We are waiting to see the president. He was supposed to pop out there just about 20 minutes ago now. So he's running a little late. We've got an eye on this. He's going to be signing the JOBS Act into law. As soon as we see him, obviously we will take it live.
But let's talk about glasses, shall we? Google has made a pair of glasses that bring the web to your lens. Here is what it would look like if you owned a pair and had them on.
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MESSAGE: Wanna meet up today?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, meet me in front of Strand Books at two.
Oh, man, really?
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BALDWIN: This is totally wild. So these glasses are a prototype. They're still being tested in Google's lab. But I want to bring in our tech expert, Katie Linendoll.
Katie, Katie, Katie, I have a feeling you're going to agree with me that you -- I totally want a pair of these. I realize there could be down sides, and we'll get to that in a minute. But, first, it's kind of like -- I watched the whole video and you think, OK, what can't these glasses do, right?
KATIE LINENDOLL, TECH EXPERT: I know. I thought I was rocking some cool glasses. Forget it, this is straight out of sci-fi. And, you know, we heard rumors about these a few weeks ago, but Google has actually let the cat out of the bag and released that concept video and those photos that you saw online.
And let's bring it down to the fundamentals here. It is dubbed as Project Glass and this comes from the Google X Labs team.
Google X actually works on a number of very high level futuristic projects and then brings them down to the scale. This is the same team that is working on the self-driving car, but love that we have the photo up because I want to show you how these work.
There is no lens inside. These aren't actual glasses. What you are seeing is there is a small video camera on one side that will capture information in real time and there's a little rectangle glass display.
That's actually what you are going to see the alerts pop up on and as you mention, you can get your directions. You can video chat. How about getting the weather, playing music or getting information on the building that is right in front of you right inside that little lens?
Now when I did speak to Google, they said they're not sure how it will be powered. Most likely it will be powered off of Android and off of a smartphone, but giving you all of those capabilities almost right on your face.
BALDWIN: It is totally crazy. But I think as you watch this video and like you say, you can find out if the subway stop is the subway stop, the subway suspended, the weather, where is the nearest coffee shop, and you can video chat with a friend and you have to be a pretty good multitasker, I guess. I think I would get distracted at times. Wouldn't you?
LINENDOLL: Yes, I think for some people their heads are spinning and saying just thinking about this, my gosh, I have one more thing I need to worry about. But I think for us and the technology space it is like finally future forward technology that I would totally want a pair of these.
A lot of people are asking when are these going to come out? When I spoke to Google they said it is too hard to tell at this point. We're still in a conceptual phase. There are a lot of rumors pointing it by the end of the year.
Some people could say $200 to $600. Not even as pricey as I thought and one thing I did want to note, I asked them if you have glasses already, how are you going to wear those and they said they're experimenting with a lot of different designs and models that could accommodate different vision requirements. If you have focus issues or do you have glasses, they're thinking about it.
BALDWIN: It is amazing.
LINENDOLL: The only reason they released the video or photo is they want user feedback. So under Google Plus page, they want input so they can make it a better product once it unveiled.
BALDWIN: I wonder though when you think about potential downsides, and the fact you could be distracted, I wonder though, you see people with the Blackberry writing e-mails as they are crossing the street.
And I am not sure if it is better or worse, have these things on your space so at least you have eyes and you're looking when you got so much going on with these Google glasses and, I don't know..
LINENDOLL: I know. It is almost jumping the shark. Let's be honest. I hate texting walkers to start with. So this brings it up a whole new notch. They're not made for all day activity. Who knows what the future will bring. We'll wait and grab popcorn and watch it play out.
BALDWIN: Fascinating. Keep up with Google and let us know, $600. That isn't as bad as what you think they could charge. Katie Linendoll, thank you.
Still ahead, some doctors say many Americans get too much health care, too much. In fact, they've got a list of tests you apparently don't need as frequently as they are given.
Plus, army investigators are now going their first look at an area where a soldier is accused of killing women, children and families, but without evidence what happens so Sergeant Robert Bales in Court? We're live at the Pentagon and we are waiting to see the president at the White House. Stay tuned.
BALDWIN: Let's go straight to the White House. Here is the president.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: Please have a seat. Good afternoon. I want to thank all of you for coming and in particular I want to thank the members of Congress who are here today from both parties whose leadership and hard work made this bill a reality.
One of the great things about America is that we are a nation of doers. Not just talkers, but doers. We think big. We take risks. We believe that anyone with a solid plan and a willingness to work hard can turn even the most improbable idea into a successful business.
So ours is a legacy of Edisons, Graham Bell, Fords, Boeings, Googles and Twitters. This is a country that always been on the cutting edge and the reason is that America has always had the most daring entrepreneurs in the world. Some of them are standing with me today.
When their ideas take root, we get inventions that can change the way we live. When their businesses take off, more people become employed because overall new businesses account for almost every new job that's created in America.
Now because we're still recovering from one of the worst recessions in our history, the last few years have been pretty tough on entrepreneurs, credit has been tight, and no matter how good their ideas are, if an entrepreneur can't get a loan from a bank or backing from investors, it is almost impossible to get their businesses off the ground.
That's why back in September and again in my "State of the Union" I called on Congress to remove a number of barriers that were preventing aspiring entrepreneurs from getting funding and this is one useful and important step along the journey.
Here is what's going to happen because of this bill. For business owners who want to take their companies to the next level, this bill will make it easier for you to go public. That's a big deal because going public is a major step towards expanding and hiring more workers.
It is a big deal for investors as well because public companies operate with greater oversight and greater transparency and for start- ups and small businesses it is a potential game changer. Right now, you can only turn to a limited group of investors including banks and wealthy individuals to get funding.
Laws that are nearly eight decades old make it impossible for others to invest. A lot has changed in 80 years. It is time our laws did as well. Because of this bill start ups and small business will now have access to a big new pool of potential investors, namely the American people.
For the first time ordinary Americans will be able to go online and invest in entrepreneurs they believe in. Of course, to make sure Americans don't get taken advantage of, the websites where folks will go to fund all of these start ups and small businesses will be subject to rigorous oversight.
The SEC is going to play an important role in implementing this bill. I've directed my administration to keep a close eye as this law goes into effect and to provide me with regular updates and also means to all the members of Congress here today, I want to say publicly before I sign this bill it is important we continue to make that the SEC is properly funded.
Just like all of our other regulatory agencies so they can do the job and make sure that our investors get adequate protections. This bill represents exactly the kind of bipartisan action we should be taking in Washington to help our economy.
I always said the true engine of job creation in this country is the private sector, not the government. Our job is to help our companies grow and hire. That's why I push for this bill. That's why I know that the bipartisan group of legislators are here.
And that's why I cut taxes for businesses over 17 times and every day I am fighting to make sure America is the best place on earth to do business. Our economy has begun to turn a corner, but we still have a long way to go.
We still have a lot of Americans out there who are looking for a job or looking for a job that pays better than the one they've got. We're going to have to keep working together so that we can keep moving the economy forward.
But I have never been more confident about our future and the reason is because of the American people. Some of the folks beside me here today are a testimony to that. Day after day they're out there pitching investors, some meetings go well, and some meetings don't go so well, and that's true for me, too.
No matter what, they keep at it. Who knows, maybe one of them or one of the folks in the audience here today will be the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg and one of them may not next entrepreneur to turn a big idea into an entire new industry.
That's the promise of America. That's what this country is all about. If these entrepreneurs are willing to keep giving their all, the least Washington can do is help them succeed. I plan to do that now by proudly signing this bill. Thank you very much, everybody.
(END LIVE FEED)
BALDWIN: You can hear the chuckles. It is always the best part to count how many pens. I don't know if you were counting with me. I counted 11 pens to round of applause there.
The president officially signing the Jobs Act into law as he pointed out and again just remind you flanked by a number of members of Congress including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor who helped break a log jam at one point in time here and also Holmes Norton from Washington, D.C. and Spencer Baucus from Alabama.
We also saw Steve Caves, the founder of AOL and also on the president's job council, so the president is hoping as he mentioned this bill will be a game changer in helping open the pool of potential investors so that the smaller businesses, entrepreneurs and medium- sized businesses can help gain capital and become public and be successful thus creating jobs.
Obviously, the critics are also coming forward and saying hang on a second, this could potentially with government oversight and there you go, the president signing the act into law.
Coming up next, investigators now getting a look at the scene of a massacre in Afghanistan, but if there is no evidence, what happens to the Americans soldier accused of killing the civilians?
BALDWIN: Army investigators are finally gotten a firsthand look at two Afghanistan villages where a U.S. soldier is accused of killing 17 civilians a little more than a couple of weeks ago.
CNN's Barbara Starr is at the Pentagon and actually I know it happened March 11th, about a month ago and this was the investigator's first visit to these villages in all of this time now. What kind of information, what kind of evidence remains?
BARBARA STARR, CNN PENTAGON CORRESPONDENT: Well, that's really the key problem, Brooke. The U.S. investigators did not get there for a month. We are now told they made their first visit.
Not a lot being said about it because still there is a good deal of concern about security in the region since this massacre took place, about two dozen army investigators assigned to this case overall.
Here is the problem. It has been a month. What evidence is left? They can perhaps dig some bullets out of walls from this terrible incident. They can conduct interviews. They can try and analyze the trajectory of the bullets, where was the alleged shooter standing?
Could he have done all of this and collect as much information as possible. The defense counsel for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales is already making it clear they will contest this. They will say there is no evidence and whatever the Afghans may have gathered.
They may make the case that that means there has been no chain of custody of the evidence in terms of the U.S. military legal process, so this all becomes very problematic.
Meanwhile Bales remains in confinement, in detention, at the U.S. military jail at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
BALDWIN: But here's the obvious follow up question, that being why didn't these investigators get to these villages earlier, the U.S. investigators?
STARR: Well, yes. You know, that problem is they don't have jurisdiction per se in the villages. This is a very remote area of Afghanistan. When the Afghan Security Forces went there, the Taliban, the alleged Taliban opened up on them and actually some Taliban security forces were hurt.
So the U.S. had to if not get permission at least coordinate with the Afghans to go there and try to ensure there was security in place and they could at least get there in a relatively safe fashion for a war zone.
So all of that has taken time, but the Afghans that have been conducting their own investigation on the other side here, they are also very frustrated. They say they are very upset that they have had no access to Staff Sergeant Robert Bales.
He was moved out of Afghanistan before they could even talk to him about the alleged crime he committed, of course, in their country -- Brooke.
BALDWIN: Barbara Starr, thank you.
BALDWIN: I don't even know where to begin with this next story. but I know it is important that we can talk about it because as we say we can do better for children like this little boy named Jonathan.
A boy who by all accounts was a happy 11-year-old kid living with his dad and stepmother in Dallas, Texas, just a couple of years ago. You see him photographed here kissing his stepmother's belly last year when she was expecting triplets.
But shortly after that snapshot was taken, police say Jonathan's life took a drastic turn. His father and stepmother locked him in his bedroom and started feeding him military rations of food. I'm talking bread, water, sometimes milk, sometimes, instead of normal meals all as punishment.
The "Dallas Morning News" is reporting that Erin Ramsey told investigators he locked the boy in a bedroom for hitting his stepmother, Elizabeth in the stomach. She lost those triplets. The parents, they're not talking now. They're in jail.
On a half million dollars bond each because this past weekend Jonathan's malnourished body was found in a wooded area. Investigators say it was placed there inside a sleeping bag when Jonathan's father found him unresponsive a year ago.
Our affiliate, WFAA, in Dallas says Elizabeth Ramsey, the stepmother here described Jonathan as looking like, and I will quote, "one of the kids you see on the commercials from Africa.
That he was unable to walk at times. He was that weak. Search crews were out looking for him because his paternal grandfather was tired of the excuse after excuse he kept hearing from Jonathan's father every time he tried to call, to see his grandson. So Ed Ramsey called police in Dallas to investigate.
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EDWARD RAMSEY, MALNOURISED GRANDSON FOUND DEAD: Jonathan always had something else going on, scouting or something supposedly. I told him I was tired of waiting and the delays and I wanted to see my grandson.
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BALDWIN: Jonathan's biological mother spoke to our affiliate, WFAA, as well. She says she last spoke to her son over a year ago before Jonathan's dad cut off their communication entirely.
She was fighting for visitation rights when Jonathan died. I share Jonathan's story with you today because I think it is important.
I think that it is important we discuss this little secret in our society, not everyone who has kids wants them or treats them right. We can do better, and during this National Child Abuse Awareness Month, it is worth trying.
BALDWIN: They are now on the course in Augusta Annual Masters Tournament. Right now, I have Henrique Stenson leading, six shots under par. Take a look at these.
Your ceremonial tee shots, Arnold Palmer, Gary Plair, golf legend man in black and six-time Masters champ, Jack William Nicklaus. Got things rolling this morning. Love that noise.
Now did you happen to catch this? This maybe the ultimate trick shot. Take a look. We have circled this for you. Journey's Martin Kooimer, skips the ball across the pond, one of those Masters traditions. Watch what happens to the ball. It is hard to see.
There it is on the green, and sunk, hole in one. The hard way. Serious style points for that. Amazing. Speaking of style, the colors are in bloom and I am not talking azaleas. How about Freddy Couples. Check this out. Freddy Couples in Fuschia?
Here you go. Looks pretty happy rocking the Fuschia. That's a fashion statement for you. Paul Casey, if that shirt were my hotter they would have to douse him in Ray's creek and in guy here, nope, this guy here, nope, we'll talk about him in a moment.
He is the guy who actually shot the photo of Rick and Marty hack he will and "Golf Digest" fashion editor. Did you know they had a fashion editor? They do.
He is kind enough to join me by phone from Augusta. We are having fun with this, looking at the pictures of some of these guys, players, and a lot of solids this year, solids, bold colors and lime green. What's up with that, Marty?
MARTY HACKEL, FASHION EDITOR, "GOLF DIGEST" (via telephone): Yes, a lot of neon. A lot of neon. Lime green is really popular. Sort of a paint shirt that I think that looks good and with a lot of colors today, solids, going to see a lot of plaids as the week goes on.
Brett has been telling me every day, check my pants out on Saturday. They're really going to be cool. I think they're going to be big, bold, and plaid. So we're looking for that.
BALDWIN: Check my pants out. That's hilarious. You talk solids, though. When you look at the euros in particular, they have taken to wearing patterns, I am thinking Ian Colter, but when you look at him, he is wearing all white. Paul Casey, we talked about him, used to be kind of a plaid guy. Here he is. All white.
HACKEL: Yes. You know, I tell you, I am a little worried about all of this all white. They're starting to look like male nurses.
BALDWIN: I am sorry? You said they're starting to look like male nurses?
BALDWIN: Well, what's wrong with a male nurse?
HACKEL: Well, there is nothing wrong, but it is odd to see that on a golf course.
BALDWIN: Kind of odd to see on a golf course yet you see bright pink. Let me move along and talk about Ricky Fowler. You tweeted a picture of Ricky Fowler actually re-tweeted you, again, with the neons.
Here you go, turquoise from head to toe. Can we dish the banner? You can see his turquoise feet. There we go. You can recognize him from a couple fairways away, couldn't you? HACKEL: Well, when you're as young and talented as Rick, you can wear almost anything.
BALDWIN: So you say two thumbs up.
HACKEL: Yes, big thumbs up. He has a lot of fun with it, and I think he looks great.
HACKEL: All the time.
BALDWIN: There he is, neon yellow. There is something else we noticed. This is my last question for you. Less fashion, more facial hair because Ricky Fowler, he has a little facial fuzz.
Johnson Wagner, rocking the handle bar look. Jeff Ogle, he is in on the action as well. I have to admit I am kind of a facial hair on men fan myself, but is this a trend?
HACKEL: Yes. I think it is a trend. I think it is kind of like the game face. They're all growing it and if they play well, they're want shaving.
Maybe it is that old good luck charm going on there. Of course, I am checking out Henrik Stenson today because whatever he is doing seems to be working.
He is in a great looking Hugo boss outfit and playing absolutely brilliantly. So sometimes if you look good, you play great as well.
BALDWIN: Thirty seconds and you can grab one of these guys and dress them head to toe, what would you put them in?
HACKEL: I tell you, what I put them in is I put them in bright bold, striped shirt like Tiger Woods. I would put him in a big, bold, striped shirt and in a jazzier colored trouser and some cool looking shoes. He's getting there, but I'd give some real trimmed trousers to really make it look even more athletic than he looks.
BALDWIN: There you have it, spoken from a man who knows fashion, Marty Hackel there at the Masters watching the game, but a little bit more the fashion on the green.
Marty, we appreciate it. Thank you so much, having a little fun talking golf.
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