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Deadly Stage Collapse; Immigration Rule Change Impact; Gay in the Military; New Watergate Book Released; Smart Bed Prototype
Aired June 16, 2012 - 19:00 ET
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DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: Hello, everyone. I'm Don Lemon. You're in the CNN NEWSROOM.
I want to get you up to speed right now.
Some breaking news right off the top this hour about a deadly stage collapse in Toronto. One person killed, several others were injured. One seriously. It happened not long before the gates opened for a concert by the alternative rock group Radiohead.
Police say the victims were setting up the stage when the scaffolding type structure collapsed about 40 to 60 feet on the main stage. Weather was good at the time that that collapse happened and no high winds were reported. The sold-out concert has been canceled.
We also have new developments this hour in the child abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. CNN has learned that a psychologist brought in by the state is expected to examine Sandusky tomorrow. The exam is a court ordered -- court- issued yesterday of which allows the defense to introduce testimony that Sandusky suffers from something called histrionic personality disorder.
Sandusky's attorneys have filed a motion that states that condition will help explain letters Sandusky wrote to his alleged victims. The trial resumes on Monday.
I want to go to Syria now, the United Nations mission sent there to monitor a cease-fire that nobody followed. That mission now called off. The general who leads the observer team says it's just become too violent in Syria. And the risk to his unarmed troops just too high.
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MAJ. GEN. ROBERT MOOD, COMMANDER, U.N. OBSERVER TEAM: Operations will resume when we see the situation fit for us to carry out our mandated activities.
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LEMON: Just today, at least 77 people were killed in shelling and street fighting across the country.
A Russian flagged cargo ship is headed towards Syria and U.S. intelligence officials are watching it very closely. They believe it's carrying weapons, ammunition and some Russian troops. There's a Russian naval base on Syrian's Mediterranean coast. U.S. officials say the Russians are probably beefing up security at the base as the country spirals out of control.
In Colorado, firefighters are praying for rain, hoping to slow a wildfire that is raising across rough terrain and inching closer to neighborhoods. Unseasonably dry, windy weather is making it extremely difficult to fight the blaze. Thousands of people have been forced from their homes.
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VICKIE BARON, PREPARING TO EVACUATE: My prayers can't be for the wind to change, because that turns it to somebody else. My prayers every night are that everybody stays safe.
TERRI SUBER, PREPARING TO EVACUATE: It's just stuff. It's rebuildable. The dogs, the horses, that's all that really matter. I'll get them out if they had to.
DONNA ASHTON, PREPARING TO EVACUATE: It will be hard, just because I like home, I like being up here. You know, but we can't stop it.
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LEMON: More than 100 homes have already been lost. The fire is just 20 percent contained.
Tropical depression Carlotta is expected to dump as much as eight inches of rain over parts of southern Mexico. Officials are now concerned about the possibility of mudslides and flash flooding. The storm was a category 2 hurricane when it slammed into the coast of Mexico last night. Two young sisters were killed when their home collapsed.
An international manhunt is under way right now for a man wanted for killing three armored guards during a robbery attempt in Canada. Police say the suspect, Travis Baumgartner, worked for the same armored car company as the victims. Last night's shooting happened on the campus of University of Alberta. One of the guards killed has just gotten. A fourth guard is in critical condition.
Historic launch today in China where a spacecraft carried the nation's first female astronaut into space.
Thirty-three-year-old Liu Yang was accompanied by two other astronauts. If all goes well, her ship will dock with China's orbiting space laboratory. Liu's mission makes China the third country and the United States to send a woman into space using its own technology.
President Obama's surprised decision on immigration rules is dominating political debate. Effective immediately, people younger than 30 get a two-year deferral from deportation if they arrived before age 16, lived here for at least five years, be in school, have graduated or be a U.S. veteran and have no felony convictions.
President Obama calls the new rules fair and just, but Republicans say the whole thing is political and they argue it amounts to amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Beyond the political debates, the real world effect of these changes make a huge difference in the lives of thousands. And CNN's Nick Valencia has one story.
NICK VALENCIA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Don, the change in U.S. immigration policy announced on Friday could potentially impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Paula De Lima is one of them.
PAULA DE LIMA, UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT: I'm fighting for my case and that's the reason why I'm here.
VALENCIA (voice-over): Standing outside the Atlanta immigration court, the fight for Paula De Lima to stay in the United States began in April. The 18-year-old undocumented immigrant got into a minor car accident outside of Atlanta and was arrested for driving without a license. Brought to the U.S. at 4 years old, De Lima says the only home she knows is the U.S. Going back to Paraguay isn't an option she says.
DE LIMA: It was like a really bad feeling. I mean, I have gone there since I was 4 years old. I don't remember anything. I don't know anything.
Yes, I have family, grandparents, but it's not the same. I've been here my whole life. I've been here 14 years of my life. I've given everything to this country that I have.
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Good afternoon, everybody. This morning, Secretary Napolitano announced new actions by administration will take to mend our nation's immigration policy.
VALENCIA: But a change in immigration policy announced on Friday by the Obama administration could give people like De Lima a renewed hope of not being deported.
VANESSA KOSKY, DE LIMA'S IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY: If I could do cartwheels, I would do cartwheels.
VALENCIA: De Lima's lawyer Vanessa Kosky says it's not a certainty the new immigration would benefit her client, who was asking for a stay on her deportation order.
But she says she believes the latest announcement opens doors many others have been knocking on.
KOSKY: This is unbelievable for so many young people, people under 30 years of age in the United States who are brought here by their parents, who have done the right thing, who have gone to school and want to follow the American dream. It's unbelievable. VALENCIA: De Lima is scheduled to be deported in late August. If allowed to stay, she says she wants to join the Navy and one day, become a schoolteacher.
(on camera): While the change in U.S. immigration policy does make her eligible for work deferment and potentially avoiding deportation, there are no guarantees. If accepted, applications for stays of removal could take weeks, if not months -- Don.
LEMON: All right. Nick Valencia, thank you very much.
And earlier, I spoke with a young Palestinian woman. Her family came her when she was just 6. Now she has a degree, she volunteers at an immigration advocacy group, and she's facing deportation in September. I asked her about what she thought of the president's announcement.
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ALAA MUKAHHAL, UNDOCUMENTED PALESTINIAN FACING DEPORTATION: This is a temporary fix, until Congress can come up with a more permanent solution, until Democrats and Republicans can work together to come up with a permanent solution. But as long as Congress is on a deadlock, this is -- I mean, this is what the president is doing to give at least undocumented youth who have been here a long time a chance to be able to get work permits.
So, I think this gives us hope, if anything.
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LEMON: Alaa Mukahhal hearing is set for September. Naturally, she's hoping to be able to stay where she grew up, and that is in Chicago.
Always outspoken on immigration issues, the man nicknamed America's toughest sheriffs has been known to lock horns with the White House. But Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told me he knows exactly why the president made his announcement on immigration.
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SHERRIFF JOE ARPAIO, MARICOPA COUNTY, ARIZONA: Politics. Why timing? Why now? Why not let Congress decide next year on this issue and all of the illegal immigration problems that we have?
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LEMON: Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Does God exist? More young people doubt that he does. Next, a look at what's to blame.
And first, "don't ask, don't tell" was repealed. Now the Pentagon plans to celebrate gay pride.
LEMON: OK. So this topic really got us going, a topic for you to chew on tonight at the dinner table. Many of you probably are having dinner right now.
God, does he exist? More and more young people doubt he does. Or she, as well. A new Pew Survey asks the question, I never doubt the existence of God, agree or disagree? Sixty-eight percent of millenials, people who are 30 years and younger say they never doubt God's existence.
But look closely at the last line, five years ago, that number was 83 percent.
So, what gives here? Why the growing divide? Why the growing doubt?
Joining us now is Jesse Galef, an atheist, with Secular Student Alliance, and Hemant Mehta, the editor of the friendlyatheist.com.
So what's an atheist? It's a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings. That's what an atheist is.
So, Jessie, I'm going to start with you. Why do you -- first of all, I'm going toe ask you about that poll. Why don't you believe?
JESSE GALEF, SECULAR STUDENT ALLIANCE DIRECTOR: Personally, I don't believe I was brought up in a secular household. I wasn't introduced to religion, I was taught morals without belief in a God or gods. It wasn't until I went off to college that I was exposed to these other world views and realized that people take religion very seriously. And I explored and wanted to understand why and what they believed and ended up becoming an activist on campus, getting involved with the secular club. That's what more and more secular Americans are finding.
LEMON: Hemant, I'm going to ask you the same question: why don't you believe?
HEMANT MEHTA, FRIENDLYATHEIST.COM: Sure. I was raised in a religious family, but when I started questioning my faith for the first time in high school, I realized that not only did my faith not have the answers, but no faith had the answers. And like Jesse said, when I went to college, I had the chance to explore that and wanted to become an activist in that area.
LEMON: You guys, both of you realize that you're the reason for what just happened, many people don't want to send -- or they're worried about sending their kids off to college because they'll become nonbelievers. I'm just being honest.
So, Jesse, how do you explain that survey from Pew that shows there are less and less of the millenials, there it is right there, believe or doubt the existence of God?
GALEF: I think that this is something we can all agree on in society that we should examine our beliefs and explore what we actually believe and why. And on campus, in colleges, even high schools and increasingly online, people are exposed to different world views and come in contact with challenging beliefs, challenging ideas. And millenials are brought up in an age with the Internet. They're finding online communities, friendly atheists or finding other people who they can talk about and talk about their doubts. So the millenials in particular are able to doubt in a safe place, online and on campus for Secular Student Alliance groups.
LEMON: So, Hemant, how is it that you can't believe in God? What is going on here? To be in this country, you have to believe in something and most people in this country are Christians. What's wrong with you? It's the deterioration of this country and young people. And people are being indoctrinated into secularism.
MEHTA: No, they're not being indoctrinated. When they go off to college or even like Jesse said in high school, we're asking them to think and to question their faith and to doubt their faith and that Pew Survey said that's what they're starting to do more of. That's what we want them to do, and I what they're finding is that you can be good without God and you can have ethics and morals and don't need a religious structure to make that happen.
LEMON: OK. It's important -- did you want to weigh in on this, Jesse?
GALEF: Yes. I think something Hemant said about the idea that you can be good without God. A real problem for these young Americans who are starting to experience doubts is atheism and being nonreligious have been so vilified and there are all these stigmas. And so, erasing the idea that morality requires religion will go a long way. And our students are doing that. They're acting as role models on campus, doing community service projects, helping rebuild houses in Katrina, organize soup kitchen activities, because compassion is a human thing, not a religious thing.
LEMON: Because you're not a believer doesn't mean that you're not a moral person and you don't have heart.
LEMON: It doesn't mean you're necessarily doing bad things, you're not a heathen. So it's important --
LEMON: Yes. So it's important to note this, I think. You were just going to mention on line, Hemant. This decline seen among young people under the age of 30, is it safe to say technology may be playing a role in this, for instance the onset of the Internet allowing people to question and explore more outside of their homes?
I mean, you can fact check what your pastor is saying in church. It's wonderful. If you have questions about your faith, if you have doubts about your faith, there are communities online and increasingly on campuses and high schools and college where you can explore that without the fear of backlash.
That's what we want to promote. We want people thinking about that and questioning and doubting.
LEMON: OK. You guys, man, stirring up trouble.
Jesse, Hemant, thank you very much. We appreciate it.
MEHTA: Thanks, Don.
GALEF: Thank you.
LEMON: Tonight at 10:00, we're going to dig deeper. If more people continue to question the mere existence of God, decades from now, could that mean people just will stop believing? I'm going to play devil's advocate, so to speak, tonight at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.
The results of an election on the other side of the world could affect your bottom line, your job and even whether you get a loan for that new home or car.
And choosing the right schools for your child's early education can affect not only after-schooling but maybe even job choices. CNN's education contributor Steve Perry told us about picking the right charter school.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I know that a charter school is founded privately. And I want to know what is the best way to research a charter school that best fits my family's needs?
STEVE PERRY, CNN EDUCATION CONTRIBUTOR: All charter schools are not private. In fact, some charter schools are run by the district. There are some charter schools that are run by teacher's unions.
But in event that you're asking, how do you pick the best one for you, I don't think that you can do the school justice by researching it online. You have to walk through the school and make sure the physical plant feels the way that you want a physical plant to feel. Make sure that you go during the school day, not just when they have open houses.
You've got to get to know the people in the academic community, listen how they listen the kids and the school, watch how they go from one class to the other, look at the arts program is something that's important to you, if they have sports or don't. You have to ask the questions that are important to you.
So put together a list and go visit the school. Go visit the school. If you don't visit the school, you're not doing research.
LEMON: Don't forget, stay connected. You can watch CNN live on your computer. You can do it from work, just go to CNN.com/TV. (COMMERCIAL BREAK)
LEMON: Looking overseas now. In just a few hours, voters in Greece will make a decision with enormous impact in Europe and here in the United States. It's a parliamentary election to put lawmakers in office, but in the end, people may be choosing whether Greece stays in the eurozone. One party promises to keep the euro and roll with some huge budget cuts. The other party says no to the cuts. Despite the risk, they could be forced out of the eurozone.
Markets all over the world will react. It could be a volatile trading day come Monday.
The White House is joining the mourning for Saudi Arabia's crown prince. In a statement, President Obama praised the late Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz for helping the Saudi kingdom developed a strong partnership with the U.S. He said that relationship helped save countless American lives. The crown prince died in Geneva, Switzerland. A successor to King Abdullah will be chosen when the mourning period ends.
Immigration is more than a hot topic right now and the way America handles immigration is changing. CNN's Fareed Zakaria traveled around the globe to see what we can learn from other nations and what we should and shouldn't do.
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FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST, "FAREED ZAKARIA GPS": If you've never been to Calgary, you might know it for its annual stampede. Ten days of cowboys, rodeos. Last year, the royals. Of course, its Muslim cowboy-hat-wearing-mayor. What? Who?
MAYOR NAHEED NENSHI, CALGARY, ALBERTA: The great thing about Calgary is nobody thinks it's funny that a guy who looks like me in a cowboy hat is the image of the city. People just accept that.
ZAKARIA: When Naheed Nenshi became the first Muslim mayor of a major Canadian city in 2010 --
NENSHI: Next. Yes?
ZAKARIA: -- he shattered Calgary's redneck stereotype.
NENSHI: When I was running for office, it was only people who are not from here who said, "Whoa, is Calgary ready for a mayor like that?" The people in Calgary just said, he's a kid from (INAUDIBLE), we know him."
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LEMON: The "GPS Road Map for Making Immigration Work" airs next hour right here on CNN, 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
First, there was "don't ask, don't tell." It was repealed. Now, the Pentagon plans to celebrate gay pride. A former secretary of defense and a former captain who was kick out of the army will join us to talk about it.
LEMON: Did you see it the other night on TNT? J.R. and the Ewing family are back.
Remember that? After 20 years off the air, TNT's new "Dallas" had almost 7 million viewers in its debut on Wednesday on our sister network, TNT. That was more than any other cable series premiere this year.
Which got us thinking, what classic show would you most like to see revived for the 21st century? The early results of our Facebook poll are in, and it is pretty close -- "Happy Days" and "Friends" leading the way. We don't see the poll? OK. "All in the Family," loved that show. "Cheers," "Cosby Show" trailing there.
I like your comments. There is the poll. Log on to Facebook.com/DonLemonCNN. It's DonLemonCNN on Facebook.
Thank you very much.
It is half past the hour now. We want to get you caught up on the headlines.
A deadly stage collapse in Toronto has killed a stagehand and injured several other people. Police say a section of scaffolding collapsed, not long before the gates open for a concert by the alternative rock group Radiohead. The concert has been canceled.
CNN has learned that a state psychologist will examine former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky tomorrow. On Friday, a court order allowed the defense in the child abuse trial to introduce testimony that Sandusky suffers from something called histrionic personality disorder.
Sandusky's attorneys will argue the condition helps explain the letters Sandusky wrote to his alleged victims.
Just a year ago, openly gay service members could be kicked out of the military under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Now this month, the Pentagon will celebrate gay pride, although probably not exactly like this as you see on the streets of cities around the country. The details of the event are still being hashed out. In a moment, we're going to go to former Defense Secretary William Cohen for his thoughts on this event.
But first, I want to talk to Jonathan Hopkins. He's a former U.S. Army captain.
Jonathan, welcome. You were discharged under "don't ask, don't tell." Are you surprised the Pentagon would be holding an event like this?
JONATHAN HOPKINS, FMR. U.S. ARMY CAPTAIN: I would say I'm more pleased than surprised. We expected them to do this professionally, but they are demonstrating in quick order that LBGT service members are most definitely part of the team. And that's why they want them. They still have more work to do on benefits and other things, but they are moving forward faster than some would have predicted.
LEMON: Jonathan, after the event was announced, they released a video with Secretary Panetta. Let's listen to it for a bit.
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LEON PANETTA, DEFENSE SECRETARY: Diversity is one of our greatest strengths. And during pride month, and every month, let's celebrate our rich diversity and renew our enduring commitment to equality for all.
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LEMON: OK. You know some of the organizers of the Pentagon event and it sounds like the secretary will likely be there. How important is that?
HOPKINS: I think the General Council, actually, Jay Johnson will be there. It's very important that top level leadership of any department attends different pride events, because there's two very important audiences. One are LBGT members of a department, because they realize hey, we're cared for part of the team. But the other are other members of any department that get to understand their colleague's history and periods of adversity they've gone through especially in the military, cohesion and leadership are defined by understanding those around you, so you can lead them better and be a closer team with them.
LEMON: You wrote an article, Jonathan, that paranoia at the military would discover your secret eats you from within. For gay service members still in the military, is that paranoia all gone now?
I think I know the answer to that. Not completely. There are still people who are still closeted and still concerned.
HOPKINS: Correct. Everybody is different. But each action like this chips away at the paranoia and fear that is unnecessary and undermines ability of people to do their jobs in the military. So that's why Secretary Panetta and everybody elses in the DOD, actions here were very important. Again, there's much more to do and benefits to be fixed that they can do themselves but this is an important step and one of many that I'm sure to follow.
LEMON: It's very interesting going to the White House Christmas party this year and having members of the military active coming up to me saying thank you, thank you for what you did, thank you for coming out. There are many of us and already who are already working in the military and if the military is working, they didn't understand why gay people could not be in the military. I think it would be amazing if all Americans could go to the White House or go to a military event and listen to gay service men and women of this country. Talk about how proud they are to be a member of the military and not have to live in secret anymore necessarily. HOPKINS: The funny thing is, some folks that haven't engaged that way before will find out, wow, this person is just like everybody else and I'm proud of them for the same reasons that they and their spouse or partner and their kids are all standing up to serve and protect our country, just like everybody else. The sameness will astonish people.
LEMON: Yes, we progress. We evolve and the world moves on. We continue. Thank you very much. And we appreciate your service, sir.
HOPKINS: Thank you, Don.
LEMON: Alrighty. So what does the military need to do to make sure this approach to gay service members is actually followed? Former Defense secretary William Cohen - he's going to join us next.
(COMMERCIAL BREAK) LEMON: This month, the Pentagon will celebrate gay pride. June is, after all, gay pride month. Former Defense secretary William Cohen joins me. You saw the man who holds your position now, Secretary Panetta, saying diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Do you wish you had been able to give that speech or are you glad it was him instead of you?
WILLIAM COHEN, FMR. U.S. DEFENSE SECRETARY: No, I'm glad he gave it. I wish I could have given it at the time. We were following the so- called 'Don't ask, Don't tell' rule at the time. But frankly, the change came about from within. When you had former - the head of the military, John (INAUDIBLE), who is chairman of the joins chief, he came - once he left office, he said we have to re-appraise, re- evaluate the situation.
Then came Mike Mullen, Admiral Mike Mullen. I think that was instrumental in terms of the president articulating a need for change. But to have the chairman of the Joint Chiefs come out and endorse it, that changed a lot of attitudes and I think it really was one of the key reasons why this transformation has taken place so quickly. What I would like to see, when you ask the question of whether or not the secretary of defense, Secretary Panetta should be there at the celebration, the answer is yes. So should the chairman of the Joints Chief, so should the head of every agency that deals with the issue.
LEMON: Why is that?
COHEN: Because I think it's important from the top down that you send the signal. This is the rule of law that we are following. This is equal treatment under the law. This is a fundamental human right and we're going to see to it that that human right, that that civil right is enforced, strictly enforced. I remember when President George W. Bush gave his inaugural address and he said we cannot champion in essence the cause of freedom while carrying the baggage of bigotry. That was said about racism. Same thing is true as far as sexual preference.
You cannot fly the flag of freedom while you're carrying the baggage of bigotry. And I think it's really important that those at the very top send the signal all the way down through the channels. This is a rule that's going to be strictly enforced. Any attempts to harass, intimidate in any way, impair the carrying out of this individual's obligation will not be tolerated. And you have people like that young captain who was discharged, who served two tours in Iraq, one in Afghanistan. And so you have gays, lesbians, others who are in the military who have - they're citizens, number one. They're patriots and they're prepared to fight and die for this country.
LEMON: Putting their lives on the line for this country.
LEMON: In my mind, when I listened to you, the way you sound, what you're saying, and what Secretary Panetta is saying we have come a long way and it's only been less than a year since "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was dropped and you're not surprised that an event like this is being held at the Pentagon at all.
COHEN: I think it's long overdue. I think it's important. When you see that hatred still prevails in parts of the country, there was just this report of this young boy, a teenager who killed himself because he was being bullied. And this is what we have to understand at the heart of every bigot is a bully. And bullies ought to be exposed. They ought to be shamed. And society ought to condemn what they're doing because we have to look at individuals for who they are, what they contribute to us as a society and as a fundamental human and civil right, not allow this kind of bullying and discrimination and bigotry. That's what we have to speak out against.
LEMON: And we are the land of the free, home of the brave. Thank you, Secretary Cohen. Always a pleasure to talk to you.
COHEN: Good to talk to you.
LEMON: All right. It was all captured on surveillance video. A woman crashes into a Houston area toll booth, and she's trapped in her car as it catches fire. Can't get over looking at this video (INAUDIBLE). Look at this.
Lucky for her, a good Samaritan is not far away.
LEMON: Talk about a good Samaritan making his mark. I love this next story. Look at this video. We always say this video is extraordinary or amazing. This really is. A woman is trapped inside her car at a toll booth near Houston. She had lost control. She crashed and her car flipped over and it caught fire. Out of nowhere, a man leaps on the car, you see that. Smashes out the window with a fire extinguisher and pulls her to safety. Nancy Decker is eternally grateful.
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NANCY DECKER, RESCUED FROM TOLL BOOTH: He's my guardian angel. He really is. I have a hero. God put him there.
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LEMON: Staff Sergeant Mitchell Corbin was on his way to the airport to catch a flight. He came upon the crash and ran to the rescue. CNN affiliate KTRK says that Corbin actually teaches emergency response to other members of the Texas Air National Guard.
Forty years ago tomorrow, a U.S. presidency began to unravel. June 17 marks four decades since the break-in at the Democratic Party offices in the Watergate complex in Washington. The burglars would later be traced to the Nixon administration and the president would resign from office in August of 1974. But what were the burglars really after? Lots of speculation but no one really knows for sure. But author Lamar Waldron tells our Randi Kaye he's found new evidence that explains the why behind Watergate.
LAMAR WALDRON, AUTHOR "WATERGATE: THE HIDDEN HISTORY": It all went back to 1960 when Richard Nixon was the vice president and had been for eight years running a very close election race against Senator John Kennedy. To get an edge in the election, Richard Nixon pressured the CIA to work with the mafia to assassinate the new leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro.
RANDI KAYE, CNN ANCHOR: Yes, I was going to ask you about that because there have been long speculation that then Vice President Nixon was trying to lay the ground work for that, so but you have uncovered some new information about it.
WALDRON: Right. In other words, it was Nixon who actually pressed for that. It was Eisenhower's action officer for Cuba. Eisenhower delegated Cuba to Nixon. Nixon pressed for that thinking that if Fidel Castro died right before the election, the public would stick with the proven eight year vice president over their relatively inexperienced young Senator Kennedy. However, the mafia was not able to assassinate Fidel that same month in September 1960, some of those same mafia members also contributed to a $500,000 bribe to Richard Nixon on behalf of the campaign and to stall an indictment against Jimmy Hoffa. So that all happened back in 1960. You would think that would be ancient history.
WALDRON: However, the FBI and the Justice Department, they have records about that CIA-Mafia plot and they have records about that $500,000 bribe that involved some of the same mobsters.
KAYE: So when you talk about this plot, this mafia-CIA plot, it sounds pretty incredible, but there's also actually a name attached to this, the name Johnny Rosselli.
WALDRON: Right. Johnny Rosselli.
KAYE: Who was he in this plot?
WALDRON: Johnny Rosselli was the key guy, the key mobster in the plot. Johnny Rosselli was the Chicago mafia's man in Hollywood and Las Vegas?
KAYE: So he was the assassin?
WALDRON: No, he was like a fixer, like a deal maker. He would later on broker casino deals to Howard Hughes. He was the ultimately fixer in the mafia and so he turned to his boss Sam Giancatta (ph) in the Florida godfather central (INAUDIBLE) because they had the connections to get Fidel killed. Giancatta and (INAUDIBLE) also donated to that $500,000 mafia bribe back in September 1960. So Nixon had those two big secrets in his past. No one has ever yet until now been able to connect those two big secrets to Watergate, and that's what we have - brand new documents that I was the first person to get from the National Archives back in April to finally connect the mafia and Johnny Rosselli to Watergate. That was the reason for the Watergate break ins.
KAYE: But what about Mark (INAUDIBLE), his personnel files were just released this week by the FBI. Why do you think he did what he did? Why do you think he helped those reporters?
WALDRON: Well, those files show very clearly that Mark for almost three years he had been a very by the book, upstanding, FBI agent and then supervisor and them high FBI official. He fully expected that when J. Edgar Hoover died a few weeks before the first Watergate break-in, that he would become FBI director. But Nixon knew that the FBI and Hoover had these secrets that he did not want exposed in 1972 which was an election year. So instead of Mark Felt, who would be the logical successor, practically being groomed to be the next FBI director, Nixon chose a political guy that he could trust, Patrick Gray instead. Mark Felt was very, very resentful. So in the summer he starts leaking to Bob Woodward.
LEMON: Tomorrow, Waldron's research in a new book called "Watergate, The Hidden History."
Ice-T, rapper, actor, reality TV star and he's talking hip-hop, gadgets and guns.
LEMON: Rapper and actor Ice-T has gone from singing about killing cops to playing one on TV and he sat down to take questions from you, our CNN I-reporters.
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ICE-T, RAPPER, ACTOR: I'm squared the pool table twice, (INAUDIBLE) I don't jaywalk in New York. I'm still nervous about somebody that can put me in jail. Hey, what's up. I'm Ice-T and I'm answering your I- reporter questions right now. So let's see what you got to ask me. What.
PETER SERRIOZ, I-REPORTER: (INAUDIBLE) I noticed you wear a lot of shirts. I'm a gun enthusiast and I just wanted to know if you're the same and collect guns. And on the 42nd amendment what are your thoughts?
ICE-T: I'll make it very simple. I think men are very simple. You give them cars, gadgets, guns, food and (INAUDIBLE), he's staying in the house. People like to say you know, it's a lot of issues with guns out here. I'd give up my guns if everybody else was willing to, including the police. I don't feel I'm going to have to shoot nobody, you know, it's just fun. It's just big machines to me. You know, it's cool. I'm saying as long as you got one, I want one. I'm not going to have you run up in my house with an M-16 and I'm looking for a knife. That's not a good look. (INAUDIBLE) for a shotgun, grab a spoon.
KATHI CORDSEN, I-REPORTER: You spent time in the army and you've made such a huge success out of your life, do you think the army helped to make you a success? And so many soldiers are coming home. What, if any, advice would you have for them?
ICE-T: It's a very traumatic thing that happened for me in the army. One day, I had a sergeant walk up to me and he said "You're here because you can't make it in civilian life." And I had to really ask myself about that. And honestly, that motivated me throughout my career. You know, I'm still today proving to him that I can make it in civilian life. Nothing but respect to the soldiers and the people who are coming home from the war and, as far as something I can tell them to do, you've already learned how to overcome adversity. So just apply that to the civilian world and you'll win. Soldier, you got that? Those are your orders, move out.
TRACY OLSON, I-REPORTER: What happened between you making great hip hop such as "Cop Killer" and becoming an actor who plays cops in movies and on television? Always wondered how that transition worked out.
ICE-T: Even when I made "Cop Killer." I'm not a cop killer. I was actually acting out a character about somebody who lost it and went out after brutal cops.
Now when I got a chance to act, I was able to find out that people could separate acting from who the real person is. I think my final chapter in my evolution might be Ice loves Cocoa. It's kind of like when you look and you get a good look at me and my family, you know, household and my wife. You see I'm just a normal cat playing a lot of X-box. So with Ice loves Cocoa, I get people to say learn that I'm a cool guy. I'm a funny guy until you get me mad and I shoot you.
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LEMON: Got to love that laugh. Thank you, Ice-T. Did you tune in to see the all new Dallas sister network, TNT? It has been off the air for more than 20 years, that made us ask what classic show would you most like to see revived? So thanks to all of you who voted on my Facebook page, the results, the majority of you say "Friends," "Happy Days" was next followed by "The Cosby Show" and "All in the Family" then "Cheers." Again, thanks for voting. Appreciate it.
Do the dishes, fold the laundry, clean the floors. There are plenty of chores to do around the house. So what if you could get help with one of them?
LEMON: What if you could buy a bed that makes itself? Here's CNN's Jeanne Moos.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): After all these centuries of making beds, finally, someone is making a bed that makes itself.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Would I get that? In a second.
MOOS: It is called the smart bed. Three seconds after it senses a human has left the bed, it begins making itself. Up comes a little side board and then a mechanical arm pops up that gathers the cover. Eventually, the pillows are drawn up to make room. The whole thing takes about 50 seconds. Finally, the pillows plop down.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's the answer to a problem which doesn't exist.
MOOS: Tell that to messy teenagers like the one that took to Youtube to mimic her mom.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You're going to make this bed. This bed is not going to make itself.
MOOS: You want to bet? A Spanish entrepreneur made the prototype. He's looking for a financial backing. Who wouldn't want to snap their fingers like Mary Poppins and have beds make themselves. Or like George Jetson. Gets Jetson out as the bed puts itself away. The smart bed would require you to buy special bottom sheets that velcro on as well as a special duvet and pillow cases that accommodate cords that enable the bedding to move. No price has been put on the bed since it's still a prototype.
(on camera): But is the smart bed smart enough to handle a nocturnal apocalypse with sheets and pillows strewn about like bodies on a battlefield?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If you sleep as messily as I do?
MOOS: What if you kick the sheets?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Right. What happens when you hit the floor? How the sheets get back in the bed.
MOOS (voice-over): The bed that makes itself make a lot of people skeptical.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I mean that's ridiculous. How are the covers being pulled up?
MOOS (on camera): I mean, it makes sense.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: It does.
MOOS (voice-over): One person posted "yes, I can just see me getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and coming back to find my bed made." But you can always take it out of the automatic sensor mode and go manual so you just push a button to make the bed. Someone on Youtube has already put the smart bed to music. It's down right majestic. But, also, a little creepy to arise from slumber and see your bedding slither.
Jeanne Moos, CNN.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm afraid this thing is going to jump out at me.
MOOS: New York.
LEMON: Well, nobody sees it but you. It doesn't matter. I'm Don Lemon. I'll see you back here at 10:00 p.m. Eastern.