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Dems, GOP Still Have no Government Funding Deal; Delete All Button

Aired October 1, 2013 - 04:00:00   ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN ANCHOR: Hey, I`m Carl Azuz delivering you October, 1st edition of CNN STUDENT NEWS. First up today, uncertainty in the U.S. government. It was scheduled to partially shut down at midnight last night. When we produced today`s show, Democrats, Republicans and the president still had no deal on how to fund the government. And they were still blaming each other for not compromising. In a recent CNN/ORC poll, most Americans called a potential shutdown bad news.


JOHN KING, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Look, seven in ten Americans, 68 percent say it would be a bad thing to shut the government down for a few days. What about the prospect of a shutdown that ran on longer for a few weeks? Hard to get eight in ten Americans to agree on any political questions, but they agree on this: a bad thing to shut the government down, for more than a few weeks.


AZUZ: Stock market was unhappy with all this. Markets generally don`t like uncertainty. And the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which gives snapshot of the whole market, dropped more than 120 points during the day. At U.S. capital, the Senate rejected the House bill to fund the government, but delay Obamacare. The controversial Affordable Care Act has been a major sticking point in government funding. Both the House and Senate say they want to keep the government funded. But the Republican controlled House wanted changes to Obamacare first. The Democratic controlled Senate and the president didn`t want Obamacare touched. So, that`s how things stood when put this show together. But teachers, new details are at


ANNOUNCER: Time for the "Shoutout." Which U.S. state has the highest number or residents under 18? You know what to do. So, is it New York, Texas, California or Florida? You`ve got three seconds, go!

It makes sense that the most populated state, California, also has the highest number of young people. That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout."


AZUZ: There`s a new law that aims to protect California`s young people when it comes to social media. So, what they put on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Under the law, those companies would have to give young users a virtual delete all button. But this only applies in California and it may not apply very effectively.


KYUNG LAH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The cost of our oversharing, but new California law wants to give children under 18 a chance to erase the digital footprint, literally, passing what`s called "The Eraser Button Law." By 2015 if the California minor wants something like a video or picture deleted, the Web company has to do it.

JAMES STEYER, FOUNDER, COMMON SENSE MEDIA: They deserve the right to take that back, and the right to have that forgotten, and not haunt them in their college admissions or trying to get a job, or even in the way that they interact with some of their peers.

LAH: James Steyer, founder of Common Sense Media advocated for the law`s passage. He admits, it`s not perfect, but it`s a step forward and predicts it will be replicated in other states and even at the federal level.

STEYER: Up until now, most of our laws have been written in reality by the companies, and they`ve just taken your data and your privacy.

ERIN LA ROSA, SENIOR EDITOR, BUZZFEED: The law to me just sort of shows how little lawmakers know about the Internet and how the Internet actually works.

LAH: Erin La Rosa is the senior editor at BuzzFeed, a site that feeds off buzz in the social online world. She supports attempts by advocates and lawmakers to protect children, but says in the online world, this law won`t do anything. Here`s why.

LA ROSA: So, let`s just take a photo of us.

LAH (on camera): We`ll do a selfie.

LA ROSA: Yeah. So, now we`ve got this photo.


LA ROSA: Right. So, I`m going to upload this, let`s say, at Twitter.

LAH (voice over): Seconds after posting to Twitter, La Rosa`s colleague downloads the photo like millions of us do every day.

LA ROSA: This copy has now been shared on Facebook, on another person`s Twitter. It can remove one copy, the other copies are still there forever.

LAH (on camera): So, trying to control this is ludicrous.

LA ROSA: Impossible.

LAH: Impossible.

LA ROSA: Yes. It`s not going to happen, especially under this law.

LAH (voice over): Kyung Lah, CNN, Los Angeles.


AZUZ: There are a lot of Spartans out there watching us. Far more than 300 and that makes us feel pretty good if they like us.

First today, we`re going to Bixby High School in Bixby, Oklahoma. Go Spartans! Next, we swing up to Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Go Spartans! Finally, Stanford Academy in Stanford, Connecticut. This is Spartans! Good thing it`s not Thermopylae.

Well, as I mentioned at the start of today show, we are at the beginning of October, and one event that`s being observed is national bullying prevention month. And bullying is something that it`s difficult to define for everybody to agree on what exactly what it is, let alone to determine how to prevent it.

But we still got the ideas of some Atlanta area students for today`s CNN STUDENT NEWS viewfinder segment.


MAYA CARR, HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR: I think that you have to put student at certain scenario, so we all see the documentaries in school, but if there was like a play or something, that the children got interacted in, that will be great. If we could see that like every day and like try to really feel how that person felt -- I think it`ll have a greater impact.

GARLAND JONES, HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR: Stop bullying. Make people aware of it and just say that what would you -- like how would you feel if you were in that situation of being bullied?

BENJAMIN GOLDFEIN, HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR: It`s not really stopping the bullying, but it`s making people more accepting, because if people are more accepting, then bullying will stop. We have to instead of trying to get rid of it, you need to prevent it in the first place.

MARILYN PRIMOVIC, HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR: I think we stop bullying by looking out for each other. You have to look out for your neighboring, your friends and just identify it when it happens. You`d be able to stand up for them and support them through it. And kindly let the bullying -- hey, you`re bullying.

GORDON CLARK, HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR: I think students will stop bullying once they learned to understand each other through doing sports together or doing leadership workshops or (inaudible) in clubs, or even eating lunch together. I think understanding is the cure to bullying in America.

MICK MUSEY, HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR: You have to instill the mindset to not bully at a young age, so starting with maybe like kindergartners, firs graders, second graders and elementary -- primary schools to, you know, instill that bullying is bad and it can really harm kids in the future.

ROMA PARIKH, HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR: And I guess the easiest way to do it is just to make people aware that everyone else is just as flawed and human as they are, and that if you`re going to m fun of someone else for something, then you`ve got to realize that there`s always a chance for someone else to make fun of you, so why do it at all?



ANNOUNCER: Time for a "Shoutout" extracredit. Where would you find the phrase -- "government of the people, by the people, for the people?" Here we go. Was it in the Gettysburg address? Preamble to the Constitution, Declaration of Independence or "I Have a Dream" speech? You`ve got three seconds, go!

These words were spoken in the Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln. That`s your answer and that`s your "Shoutout" extracredit.


AZUZ: Has new technology given us a new look at President Abraham Lincoln? When he gave that speech, the Gettysburg Address, media coverage was pretty much limited to newspapers and photographs. There may be only one or two known photos of Lincoln on that day he gave the speech. But a North Carolina teacher believes he might have found another. Jennifer Phillips of affiliate WNS spoke to a former animator for Disney who spent his life working with pictures.


JENNIFER PHILLIPS: You can see him, he`s here and here.

CHRISTOPHER OAKLEY, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA ASHEVILLE: I`ve drawn Lincoln, I`ve sculpted him, I`ve painted him.

PHILLIPS: So, this assistant professor, along with his new media students, decided to work on a virtual Lincoln project.

OAKLEY: This is the speaker stand.

PHILLIPS: The idea to recreate the Gettysburg Address through animation, and to do that, he had to study pictures of President Abraham Lincoln. And that`s when he says he saw it.

OAKLEY: And I thought -- oh, who is that? And then it struck me, oh, my God, that`s Lincoln.

PHILLIPS: This is the picture at Gettysburg. And with the eyes of an animator ....

OAKLEY: Because you`re trained to notice differences.

PHILLIPS: Oakley says you`ll see a familiar top hat, and to make sure he put a photoshopped pick over the blurry image he found, and says he got a match.

OAKLEY: I wrote to the Library of Congress and they said, have you ever scanned it at high resolution the left side of this?

PHILLIPS: And so the boy, who admired the 16th president and brought characters to live, never imagined this.

OAKLEY: I had a new piece of evidence that nobody had ever seen before.


AZUZ: Robert Duckey, Disco Duck, the Ugly Duckling, Donald Duck, "Duck Dynasty", they all have something in common -- none of them are as big as this -- at 40 feet tall, you can see why this thing got top billing, when it recently floated down the Alleghany River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was done as a way to promote harmony. Seriously, an artist said, all the waters of the world are like a global bathtub, so since we`re all in it as one family, we`ve got to take care of each other. Well, at least when asked what this is all about, no one tried to duck the question. I know some might call me a lame duck for quacking puns like that, but we tend take to them like a duck to water. Some puns are like sitting ducks. We get all our ducks in a row, and at showtime, it`s duck soup (ph).

We`re going to duck out for now, but if you watch again tomorrow, that will be just ducky. For CNN STUDENT NEWS, I`m Carl Azuz.