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First Lady Under Fire Over Vacation; Police Investigate Connecticut Massacre
Aired August 6, 2010 - 20:00 ET
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DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: We have two breaking news stories to tell you about, one on Proposition 8. Same-sex weddings in California could be starting again soon. We will tell you about that.
The other, a stunning development in the mass workplace killings earlier this week.
Let's do the LIST now.
LEMON (voice-over): Here's what's making the LIST in prime time.
The first lady's lavish summer vacation with friends on the coast of Spain.
ROBERT GIBBS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: The first lady is on a private trip. I will leave it at that.
LEMON: So why is the first lady being compared to Marie Antoinette?
A Fortune 500 CEO resigns over a sexual harassment investigation. He's on the list.
This company chief is, too. You have heard of Craigslist, right?
AMBER LYON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I mean what do you think she's selling in her bra and underwear, a dinner date?
LEMON: Is the popular classified site doing enough to protect users from sexual predators?
And we reveal more about the 22-year-old soldier believed to be behind the greatest document leak in American history.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The most complicated stuff.
LEMON: Hello, everyone. I'm Don Lemon. Rick is off.
Breaking news, breaking news, a development in those mass killings carried out by a beer truck driver in Connecticut. His girlfriend -- her name is Christy Quail -- is under arrest tonight. She is charged with sixth-degree larceny. Police say they have videotape of Quail accepting beer from Omar Thornton's delivery truck. Omar Thornton is her boyfriend, the one who is accused here, the one that shot eight people and then killed himself.
He had been just fired from his job the morning he opened fire. And she spoke to him that morning. Here's what she told one of our affiliates. She said she did not want to be identified on camera. Listen.
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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He seemed like he just had a lot of stuff on his mind. And I asked him what was wrong. And he said, "Nothing." And I knew something, you know, just wasn't right.
So, I asked him a few other times. And he gave me a big hug and kiss, which was a longer that -- than I had usually gotten. And he looked at me and said, "I love you." And then I followed him out to his car and I opened the door up again and I gave him another hug and kiss. And I told him, "You better call me." And he told me he would. And then I find out on the news about everything.
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LEMON: Again that, is a stunning development in this case.
Now police say, though, that his girlfriend, she did know at least what he was doing at work that would get him fired that day. She was involved in the theft from the brewery. That's what police are saying. CNN will stay on this, and we're going to bring you the latest details. So, stay tuned here to the LIST tonight.
More breaking news to tell you about, this one out of California tonight. It comes from the state's top lawyer, who's calling for courts to allow gay couples to marry while the Prop 8 appeals process plays out.
Look at this tweet just posted just a short time ago by California Attorney General -- the attorney general there. He's one of the people on Rick's Prop 8 list on Twitter. Jerry Brown, who is a candidate for governor, says, "With Prop 8 resoundingly rejected in federal court, there is no reason marriages can't resume now."
Our senior legal analyst, Jeffrey Toobin, joins us now by phone to tell us what this means.
Jeffrey, what does this mean?
JEFFREY TOOBIN, CNN SENIOR LEGAL ANALYST: Well, Don, this is really a very crucial legal issue now, because it -- the question is, while the appeals are pending -- and that could be many months -- can same-sex marriages take place? The judge is weighing this question right now.
And Jerry Brown, the attorney general, would-be governor, Governor Schwarzenegger, have both urged him to say let the marriages go forward. We think this ruling is so secure that we think it's -- it's worth the risk of a higher court overturning the ruling later.
LEMON: Is this -- does this -- I don't know. Could this be a sign of too much confidence for people who support the banning of Proposition 8?
TOOBIN: Well, I think what is most interesting is the politics of it, because Jerry Brown, as you pointed out, is a candidate for governor.
And he is now fully committing himself to the cause of same-sex marriage. He thinks that will presumably gain him votes, not lose him votes. And I think that's interesting in a state which after all did vote down -- it voted to allow Proposition 8 in the first place. He must think that the electorate is changing since the vote two years ago.
You know, I think, since his view is that same-sex marriage is legal, this court has ruled same-sex marriages must be allowed to go forward, he's essentially saying in for a dime, in for a dollar.
LEMON: Sorry, Jeffrey, I lost you there just for a second.
LEMON: So, listen, here's my question. We know what happened before when people got married in California and then all of a sudden they voted for Prop 8. And then all of those people who were married, their marriages stayed put, as -- but the people who wanted to get married obviously it wouldn't happen.
What about the people if they go now? Let's just say what happens now if these people want to get married? Are their marriages going to be strong enough to -- you know, are they going to sustain this?
TOOBIN: The -- well, the first question is, what will Judge Walker do? Will he issue a stay and say no marriages until higher courts address this issue? Or will he, as governor -- as Attorney General Brown urges, allow marriages to go forward?
If he allows marriages to go forward, I think those marriages are very likely to be legal, no matter what, because during the brief period before Proposition 8, when same-sex marriages were allowed in California, the courts have said those marriages should be allowed to stand. And they have been allowed to stand.
So, I think, if marriages go forward, those marriages will remain legal, regardless of what the Ninth (AUDIO GAP) later the Supreme Court does in the Prop 8 case.
LEMON: So, my question is, what influence might this have on the appeals process and what about around the country? Is it precedent- setting as we wait for this appeals process to play out? TOOBIN: I think it will not have much influence on the appeals process. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is a very independent- minded court, and certainly the Supreme Court is very independent- minded. They're not going to be influenced by what Judge Vaughn Walker does.
Certainly, there are going to be more federal court challenges to same-sex marriage bans. A court in Massachusetts already struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act on these grounds. We're heading to one thing, Don, and that is the Supreme Court.
This issue is now becoming so controversial. Courts are ruling different ways. This is why we have a United States Supreme Court. And I think sooner, rather than later, same-sex marriage will be squarely tested in the United States Supreme Court.
And I think it's going to be one of the biggest cases the court has dealt with since Roe v. Wade. It is a very big deal. And I think the Supreme Court has to settle it soon.
LEMON: Our senior legal analyst, Mr. Jeffrey Toobin -- Jeffrey, thank you.
TOOBIN: Sure thing, Don.
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MICHAEL STEELE, CHAIRMAN, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE: Get on the bus -- 117 cities, get on the bus. Every state, get on the bus. We're going to win in November, and Nancy Pelosi will be in the back of the bus.
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LEMON: Chairman Michael Steele and the Republicans on the road and on the warpath against Democrats. Have they found the formula for victory in November? That is coming up.
Let's go to Marbella, Spain, now. It's where the world's elite, from superstars to Saudi princes, go to kick back and relax, but it is first lady Michelle Obama's vacation there that has got people up in arms. I will talk to historian Doris Kearns Goodwin about how this all looks to the regular folks like you -- next.
LEMON: All right. Listen, I want to tell you something.
Since the top of our show, we have learned some information that is different than what we reported earlier here on the show. It involves that mass shooting in Connecticut. There has been someone arrested who has been identified as Christy.
But we're being told now that it is not the suspect in this and the person who took those lives and then killed himself, that it is not his girlfriend. We deeply regret if we hurt anyone there or if we caused any misinformation. But, again, we're being told now that it is a Christy, but it is not the Christy who is the girlfriend.
And information is coming in on this story. And as soon as it comes in, we will bring it to you.
But, again, the information changing a bit there, so we deeply regret if we caused any harm or any misinformation in that story.
We're going to move on now on the list and get to that one if it is warranted.
A story that is burning up the Internet and ticking off a whole lot of you. In fact, some of you see it as a serious lapse in judgment by the Obama administration. I'm talking about the first lady's lavish vacation to Spain. It even inspired one writer to call Mrs. Obama the modern-day Marie Antoinette.
Our coverage today even prompted the first lady's office to point this out. Here's what they say: "While in Spain, Mrs. Obama will pay an official visit to Their Majesties King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, at their invitation."
So, why all the outrage? Let me explain some of the details of this trip for you. The first lady is there with her youngest daughter, Sasha, and a handful of close friends. Malia, by the way, is at summer camp.
They arrived on Wednesday for a five-day trip. They're staying at a five-star resort in the town of Marbella on the Mediterranean coast, where rooms start at about $400 a night. Again, the White House has said repeatedly it is a private trip and is being paid for that way.
But guess who is paying for the dozens of Secret Service agents who will be there as well? The taxpayers. And that's part of the outrage, of course.
Here's another reason people are mad. Remember when the first lady herself asked Americans to spend their money and vacation time on the Gulf Coast? And then -- she did that earlier in the week, a couple weeks ago -- and now she's off to Europe, off to Spain.
At the end of the day, what people really want to know is, why go on such a lavish vacation, when Americans run employed and we're in the middle of two wars?
Let's ask this next person. Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin is here to put it into perspective for us.
Thank you, Doris. How you doing?
DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN, PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN: I'm doing fine. Thank you.
OK. So, listen, first, this isn't new. Every president and first lady has to deal with this, don't they?
I mean, Jackie Kennedy went on a two-week cruise with Onassis in October of 1963. The criticism at home was enormous. But Jack protected her from it, not letting her know until she got home. And then, when she got home, and he did finally tell it to her, she felt so guilty that she promised she would go with him to Texas. And, of course, that meant she was with him in Dallas.
When President Bush 41 was in Kennebunkport on a cigarette boat in the middle of the recession, great criticism was levied at him. But he said, it would kill me not to come here. This is a part of who I am.
When Reagan went to his ranch for 335 days, the longest at that point that anyone had gone away, and Deaver was saying to him, you shouldn't be doing this, he said, look, Deaver, you can tell me a lot of things I have to do, but not that I can't go to my ranch. I need this place.
So, people have a very ambivalent idea about what vacations should be.
LEMON: Here's what the politicos are saying, is that, you know, unemployment hovering around 9.5 percent, that maybe the administration, by allowing this or having this happen, may be a bit tone deaf. Should the first family be extra sensitive about what they're doing?
GOODWIN: Well, I think there's no question, if they had hired Dick Morris, as Bill Clinton famously did, to decide whether this was the right place to take a vacation, he might have said no.
But I think what happens inside a White House is that there is that felt need to go away, to get replenished, to get energy back. I mean, so many our presidents have done that. Roosevelt went to Hyde Park in the middle of the war like every other weekend. And the truth is, the Obamas don't have a private getaway place to go, to an estate, the way in which Kennedy had Hyannis Port, or Nixon had San Clemente, or Reagan had his ranch, or Bush 43 had his. So, they go all over the place.
So, they will be going to the Gulf later on. They will be going to Martha's Vineyard. And, altogether, it sounds like it may only be a two-week total. And that's really not much more than many of these other presidents have taken. In fact, others have taken months. In fact, Madison took four months in the middle -- in the old days, when there was no air conditioning, they had to run away from Washington.
LEMON: I was going to say, let's put this in perspective. Let's do that later. But you touched on this.
How important is for the first family, especially the president, and the first lady, I would imagine, to get away and to get some relaxation?
GOODWIN: Oh, I think there is no question that one of the things that presidents have talked about when they speak of their vacations is that to get away from Washington and to be able to think, to relax, replenish your energies.
When FDR went on a private yacht during -- or I guess it wasn't a private yacht -- a government yacht, possibly -- during -- beginning of World War II, he came up with a whole idea of lend-lease, because he said he got away from the conventional thinking in Washington.
When Lincoln went to the soldier's home for vacation, he was able to write much of the Emancipation Proclamation. So, there is something about getting away and just replenishing your energies and thinking creatively that I think most presidents would say, it's good for us, so you should let us do it.
LEMON: Yes. And I remember this during the Bush administration. There were even people who were counting how many vacation days or how many weeks he spent on vacation or spent at Crawford.
So, put this into perspective again for us, comparatively, to other presidents and other first families.
GOODWIN: No, I mean that's absolutely true. I think when Bush 43 surpassed Reagan for being away at his ranch more than Reagan had been at his, it was a force of a lot of criticism.
But he countered correctly. He said, you're not really fully away. You're working every day. You're getting briefings. You're doing things, so that they're never fully away on vacation. If they could only be, maybe it would be good for them. But, in today's world, it's almost impossible for that to happen.
LEMON: How big a deal is this? How big a deal is this for the Obamas?
GOODWIN: I don't think it's a big deal. I think it's a minor problem right now. But I think that, in the end, when she comes home, it's going to -- it's a story that is not going to last.
Obviously, opponents are going to use it as they want to, to claim that it's costing us a lot of money, which it isn't. So, in that sense, it's probably a little hiccup, but I think that's all it is.
LEMON: All right. Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian, we appreciate it.
GOODWIN: Oh, it's fun to talk history. Thank you.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) LYON: So we put some words in here, sweet, innocent, new girl. We're going to see what happens. We'll see if Craigslist is going to let our ad post. We'll also see, you know, what kind of calls we get.
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LEMON: Adult services available on Craigslist. But who's double-checking those sex-filled ads? Are they even legal? A CNN investigation that has everybody talking, from you to the A-listers in Hollywood even.
And Target says they are sorry for a political donation with huge consequences. That's next.
LEMON: Again, back to the breaking news from the top of this newscast.
A woman has been arrested in Connecticut and charged with larceny. Police say her name is Christy Quail. And she is seen on videotape accepting beer from Omar Thornton's delivery truck. Remember, Thornton is the driver who was fired stealing -- for stealing, then opened fired, for -- killing eight people earlier this week. There is video there of the arrest.
Now, I want to say, we mistakenly identified the arrested woman as Omar Thornton's girlfriend, who is also named Kristi. There is no evidence involved the girlfriend was involved in the theft. And we deeply, deeply regret that error.
An update on this story just as soon as we get one for you.
Here's a list of stories we have rounded up for you tonight.
President Obama pays tribute to his second successful Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan. She won't begin -- become Justice Kagan until she is sworn in tomorrow by Chief Justice John Roberts. But today, at a White House reception in her honor, President Obama said it is a moment to stop and take note of progress.
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: For nearly two centuries, there wasn't a single woman on the Supreme Court. When Elena was a clerk, there was just one. But when she takes her seat on that bench, for the first time in history, there will be three women serving on our nation's highest court.
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LEMON: MoveOn.org and some gay and lesbian groups are mounting a massive sales boycott of the Target Corporation. Here's why. Target gave a $150,000 political contribution to a local organization, Minnesota Forward. It turns out that group has spent about $200,000 to support a Republican candidate for governor who opposes gay marriage.
Well, yesterday, Target's top official sent out a letter to employees apologizing for the donation, saying the purpose was to support job creation.
The U.S. job market took another hit today, as the Labor Department announced that, for the second straight month, the economy lost jobs. A large chunk of the lost jobs were temporary census jobs that are no longer needed. Hiring by private business -- businesses were lower than forecast. Overall, the unemployment rate stayed unchanged at 9.5 percent.
Republicans gathering for their summer meeting today in Kansas City also had unemployment on their minds. But there's one person that party leader Michael Steele wants to see added to those unemployment lines. And that is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Check out Steele's new hat and take a listen to this.
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STEELE: Now, some of our staff were concerned that these hats might make us look a little undignified. But I think the message says it all. Fire Nancy Pelosi.
(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)
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LEMON: So, is the Republican Party behind Michael Steele? We will talk about that. As for his own future, as for his own future, he wouldn't talk about his controversial tenure as the Republican National Committee chairman. I want you to watch here as he evades reporters' questions, including our very own Mark Preston's, on whether he is seeking reelection.
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QUESTION: It sounded like you were going to run for second term. I mean, you were very forceful.
STEELE: Oh, my goodness, can I -- can I -- we get through? Can we finish this one first? Can we finish this one first?
QUESTION: Will you run for a second -- so you are? Are you thinking of running for secretary?
STEELE: I -- look, I -- you know what I'm thinking about right now? Lunch.
(END VIDEO CLIP) LEMON: So, again, the question, is the Republican Party behind Michael Steele?
I want you to listen to Ron Nehring, California State Republican chairman, who is at the meeting, was at the meeting in Kansas City today. Here's what he told me.
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RON NEHRING, CHAIRMAN, CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN PARTY: The Republican Party is 100 percent behind Michael Steele.
And part of the reason for that is, you know, when we gather as the members of the Republican National Committee, the 168 of us, we're from outside of Washington. We're elected by the grassroots of this party. We're focused on the election.
And, so, some of the stories that we have seen, that's inside the beltway, kind of parlor games type stuff, which nobody outside of Washington cares about. Those of us who represent the grassroots are focused on this election in November. We're talking about electing governors. We're talking about electing senators and House members and in local offices as well.
And the RNC under this chairman's leadership has been a great partner with us. In my state party in California, we have the best relationship with the Republican National Committee that we have had in a long time. And this chairman has made sure that we have a partnership working with our state parties. It's not been top down. It's been an even partnership. And that's why so many state party chairmen are 100 percent behind this chairman, Michael Steele.
LEMON: Listen, I understand that. Partnership is good. I get that. But it -- also, elections take a lot of money, a lot of money these days.
The RNC has been -- and Michael Steele have been criticized because he is not raising enough money. He hasn't raised a lot of money compared to the past when it comes to the RNC, especially to help people in local elections, to help people in national elections.
So, you say you stand behind him, but what about the money? Follow the money trail here.
NEHRING: Well -- well, actually, your assertion is just not true. The Republican National Committee has been raising money that's on par with past years, with 1994, comparable to what the Democrats were raising in 2006, when they didn't hold the White House or either chamber of commerce either.
But you know what? This election is not going to hinge upon how much money is raised into Washington, D.C. This election is being guided by the type of decisions that we have -- that Americans are responding to that we have seen come from this White House and come from this Congress, which Americans are very unhappy with. If you take a look at the public support of Congress, it's at record lows. Nancy Pelosi promised to have the most ethical Congress in -- in history. And, of course, we have seen what's happened with Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters and one Democrat after another.
Look, it's the national political environment that's going to determine the outcome of this election. Americans are very uncomfortable with the direction these Democrats have taken. And this -- this Republican Party, under this leadership, is on course to have the most successful year that we have had, as measured by a number of elections won, that we have seen since 1994.
LEMON: OK. OK, Ron, I'm not going to get into it with you with the numbers, because numbers show something different. But here is the thing. Will Steele be reelected as RNC chairman next January?
NEHRING: Well, I don't think anybody here is focused on Michael Steele or anybody else's election in January. It's the election in November that matters, that any Republican leader who is focused on what happens after November has their priorities out of whack.
We're all focused on winning the election in November. You know, people who kind of follow what happens within some of these political bodies and kind of the gossip, political gossip columnists, they may be all interested in that, but those of us who were elected by the grassroots, we are focused on election -- winning this the election in November and then we will worry about what happens in January and thereafter.
LEMON: California State Republican Chairman Ron Nehring, I enjoy talking to you. Thank you, sir.
NEHRING: Thank you.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm 24 floors above the ground in a penthouse apartment, and I'm finding it very difficult to breathe. Couple that with the 100-degree-plus temperatures, and you have got the making of what I would define as hell.
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LEMON: A blanket of thick smoke and toxic air threatens 10 million people. A fire rages, and the heat wave won't let up. Health experts say it's like smoking several packs of cigarettes a day.
You can buy or sell anything on Craigslist. And that is actually part of a big problem. Just how easy is it for pimps to sell girls online on a site that gets 20 billion eyeballs a month? You will see next.
(COMMERCIAL BREAK) LEMON: A lot of you have used it. Craigslist is on our list tonight. You may have browsed it looking for a job, a car, maybe a roommate or even sex. It's sex for sale that has law enforcement officials claiming Craigslist is profiting from prostitution. Groups that try to stop the alleged sex trafficking of juveniles -- well, they call Craigslist, quote, "the Wal-Mart of on-line sex."
CNN's Amber Lyon went to the nation's capital, one of the busiest on-line prostitution markets in the country. She investigated.
AMBER LYON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: One of the big things going on with Craigslist right now is they're saying that they're monitoring all these ads that come through on adult services to check to see if any of these girls are underage or young. So we put some words in here -- sweet, innocent, new girl. We're going to see what happens. We'll see if Craigslist is going to let our ad post. We'll also see, you know, what kind of calls we get.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I saw your ad on Craigslist.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes. What is your donation for (INAUDIBLE)
LYON: And what is that now? We've had 15 calls, and the ad's only been up for three hours -- 15 calls in three hours.
(voice-over): Craigslist says its staff manually screens all of these adult services ads and will reject any that make it look or sound like you're selling sex. That may not be easy, but when we looked through the ads, most of them are pretty blatant.
The Fair Fund investigates juvenile trafficking.
ANDREA POWELL, FAIR FUND: And most of the young people that we've worked with who've been exploited on line talk about Craigslist. They don't talk about the other sites. Craigslist is like the Wal- Mart of on-line sex trafficking.
(on camera): So we're here at George Washington University, and we just found out that Craig Newmark -- he's the founder of Craigslist -- he's going to be speaking here today at a tech conference. He doesn't know we're coming. He's been very media-shy lately about all of these allegations against him.
This guy is the Craig in Craigslist. It's his list.
So can people trust that children are not being sex-trafficked on Craigslist?
CRAIG NEWMARK, FOUNDER, CRAIGSLIST: I think we explain that pretty thoroughly on our blog.
LYON: That's where Jim Buckmaster (ph) says that you will ... NEWMARK: Yes.
LYON: ... immediately contact law enforcement if you suspect any ad is suspicious?
NEWMARK: Jim does a great job showing that we do more than anyone in this area, pretty good for a community of 50 million people.
LYON: This is inspector Brian Bray with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. He's also in charge of the prostitution enforcement unit.
In Craigslist's blog, they say that they're going to immediately contact law enforcement any time they see a suspicious ad. And you say you've never been contacted by them?
BRIAN BRAY, D.C. METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT: That's correct. If they're -- if they're notifying, I'm not sure if they're notifying the right people because we're not getting the call.
LYON: What are you guys doing to protect these girls?
You guys say in the blog that you will remove any ad that looks like the person might be suggesting they're going to offer sex. Look at this ad. It says, "Young, sexy, sweet and bubbly." Clearly here, she writes "$250 an hour." I mean, what do you think she's selling in her bra and underwear, a dinner date? And she's in her bra and underwear.
NEWMARK: Have you reported this to us?
LYON: What are you guys doing? But you guys say you screen all these ads manually on your blog.
NEWMARK: Have you -- I've never -- I don't know what this is.
LYON: In Jim Buckmaster's blog...
NEWMARK: Have you reported...
LYON: ... he says these are being screened...
NEWMARK: Have you reported this to us?
LYON: Why do I have the responsibility to report this to you, when it's your Web site? You're the one posting this on line. I just want to know -- I mean -- OK.
It's just that we've run into a lot of victims and a lot of advocates that pretty much call your site the Wal-Mart of child sex trafficking.
(voice-over): In 2008, Craigslist agreed to report any suspicious ads to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which works with police to find and rescue trafficking victims. Two years and hundreds of thousands of sketchy ads later, the center says Craigslist has reported fewer than 100.
LEMON: That was CNN's Amber Lyon.
And you know Rick Sanchez follows a lot of celebrities on Twitter, and one of them has been engaged in a dialogue with the founder of Craigslist since this story broke. I want you to look at what Ashton Kutcher and Craig Newmark are saying to each other about this Craigslist controversy. Take a look right now.
Here's what he -- Craig Newmark says, or at least Ashton Kutcher -- it's called asfunk (ph). That's his Twitter name. He sent this to Craig Newmark. He says, "Craig Newmark, you may not have picked this issue, but this issue picked you. Now you have to be responsible for the actions of those using your tool." All right? It's like the auto industry and seatbelts or the alcohol companies and drunk driving. And then Craig Newmark tweeted back and said to Ashton, "Thanks, and I feel we are very well documented in" -- and then he has a link there -- "but always looking to get better in everything." That's a dialogue between Ashton Kutcher and Craig Newmark about this issue that we reported here on CNN.
In the meantime, a CEO of a Fortune 500 company quits after being investigated for sexual harassment. The fallout for that company next on the "List."
LEMON: We told you about this story before the break, a sexual harassment investigation at one of the most well-known computer companies in the world. Here's its target. It's the CEO of Hewlett- Packard. He resigned today. And here's what Mark Hurd -- he said about stepping down in the midst of this investigation. He says, "As the investigation progressed, I realized there were instances in which I did not live up to the standards and principles of trust, respect and integrity that I have espoused at HP and which have guided me throughout my career." Again, Mark Hurd stepping down and releasing that statement, the CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
You know, much of the nation baked this week under an unrelenting heat wave. Record high temperatures scorched states from the Midwest all the way to the Northeast. Now, here's what authorities suspect. At nine deaths were heat-related. So is there any relief in sight for us?
Chad Myers has your answers. Chad Myers, not just in the U.S., looks like all over the world, the weather is doing crazy stuff.
CHAD MYERS, CNN METEOROLOGIST: It's been a nutty summer! I mean, we've had now -- we have this. We have Colin out here. It's going to be another possible hurricane. Kind of missed everything. We called a gutter ball here. Here's Bermuda and then there's the U.S. It's going to kind of make -- could make a run at Newfoundland. You know, kind of that the tip of Newfoundland sticks out there. But that's been there. We're going to have a lot of tropical systems this year. Still, the Hurricane Center saying up to 20 named storms.
LEMON: Oh, boy!
MYERS: We've had brutal, brutal heat across the South and the Southeast. It has been here, but that's now going away and sliding into Atlanta, exactly where we live.
LEMON: More heat here?
MYERS: Has it been hot?
LEMON: Oh, gosh!
MYERS: Has it been brutal? And then -- although for the weekend, cold front comes down a little bit. That's good. And then another big build-up of heat for Monday and Tuesday here, more record heat in the Plains. It's summer. I understand that. It's supposed to be hot. But this has been one really, really brutal summer.
Talk about Russia...
MYERS: Can you even see it? It's tough to see. Here's Moscow. This is all smoke. This is not a cloud mass, this is smoke from all of these little red dots, all of these fires. It's been 100 to 104 in Moscow the past couple of days.
LEMON: They say it's like -- breathing there is like smoking a couple packs of cigarettes a day.
MYERS: It's because of this, because of the ridiculous amount of smoke that's in the air. Now, this is forest fire smoke, right?
MYERS: And so you can't -- you got to believe that that's probably worse, depending on what's burning, than probably even smoking cigarettes. So this literally could be a worse situation than that.
LEMON: So that's the fires. This, though, I think you're going to go to. Is that the flooding?
MYERS: It is the flooding.
LEMON: Oh, gosh!
MYERS: And they're going to get more tonight. They're going to get more all the way through. So here we go. Here's India, OK? So -- and we talk about the Middle East. We talk about Saudi Arabia. All of this area right through here, through Pakistan, is coming in with the wind. It is called monsoonal wind. We think of monsoon as a rain or a wind. But monsoon means wind shift or a seasonal wind. And seasonal winds will come in, hit the mountains through here, and rain could fall this weekend another 8 to 12 inches of rain on saturated places. We'll have more pictures by Monday of significant flooding again.
LEMON: OK, I have to ask. I'm not a meteorologist. Can this be, you know, attributed to a particular pattern, global warming, global cooling, el Nino, any of that stuff?
MYERS: Maybe a little bit of la Nina coming in. And la Nina (INAUDIBLE) talking about the Hurricane Center, talked about this this week. That could cause even more hurricanes and significant tropical storms through the end of the season for us, for sure. This -- this is a normal pattern, and there's just a lot of people in the way.
LEMON: All right, Chad Myers.
MYERS: Yes, sir. Have a happy weekend.
LEMON: Thank you, sir. You, too.
Who shut down a little girl's lemonade stand, especially when we just talked about how hot it was? We'll show you who's to blame. That's photos coming up.
LEMON: You know, summer is flying by, and the back to school season is almost upon us. But whoever was responsible for this sign outside a Florida school might want to consider summer school. Oh, I feel bad for them! This is Broward County, Florida. Notice the glaring error on the sign outside Coconut Palm Elementary? Hey, everybody, that's time for -- what does that say? Shcool -- maybe they're just trying to say "cool." And so that's what they meant. Maybe someone went and switched the letters. Let's hope that's what it was. Well, the school administration says they weren't aware of the blatant typo until a local news station called and alerted them to that error. So they fixed it.
And does this look like the face of a criminal to you? Look at this. Health inspectors in Oregon shut down 7-year-old Julie Murphy's (ph) lemonade stand. Their reason? She didn't pay a 120 bucks to get a license to sell food and drink. Murphy was charging 50 cents for cups of Kool-Aid, lemonade. Local officials have since apologized to the young entrepreneur. She's cute. She's OK, everybody.
And a clip (ph) getting applause from sports fans around the world. Take a look this. Want to know why outfielder Masoto Akamatsu (ph) is nicknamed the "Spiderman?" Watch as he literally climbs a wall -- you can see it again -- to tear down the would-be home run. Look at that. Spiderman, right there. That's photos. You can see all of our Fotos del Dio on CNN.com/ricksanchez.
TOM DYER, PREP SCHOOL FRIEND: He would always stick up for himself and for others, even if he knew he couldn't particularly win the battle.
(END VIDEOTAPE) LEMON: The prime suspect in one of the biggest leaks in U.S. military history is a 22-year-old private first class. His name is Bradley Manning, and he is in a Marine Corps brig in Quantico tonight. But we've got his story and why he might have done it.
LEMON: U.S. military personnel are being warned not to log onto the WikiLeaks Web site to view the tens of thousands of leaked military documents there, the Pentagon saying it could be considered a security violation. WikiLeaks won't say where they got the files they released, but the Pentagon has a prime suspect, a 22-year-old Army private named Bradley Manning. So if it's him, why did he do it? Our Pentagon correspondent, Chris Lawrence, investigates.
CHRIS LAWRENCE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Private Bradley Manning's small-town life ended at the age of 13. His parents separated, and his mom moved him out of Oklahoma overseas to Wales. There in the U.K., CNN tracked down old friends, who told us Manning didn't back down from school bullies.
TOM DYER, PREP SCHOOL FRIEND: He would always stick up for himself and for others, even if he knew he couldn't particularly win the battle.
LAWRENCE: And how he loved computers.
JAMES KIRKPATRICK, PREP SCHOOL FRIEND: He was doing hard coding, as programming, hard coding sort of the most complicated stuff, at the ages of 14, 15 years. A really talented guy.
LAWRENCE (on camera): Now, eventually Manning's skill with computers would get him in trouble. He'd end up here at Quantico, locked up in solitary confinement. But there were other steps along the way.
(voice-over): We know Manning moved back to the States five years ago.
(on camera): One night, he came to this gay bar here in D.C., met another young man who had been in the Army. But this man had a very positive experience about being gay in the military, and he talked to Manning about the discipline and everything else he had learned.
"TIM," FRIEND OF PFC. Bradley Manning: I would say that it started out as a physical relationship that turned into a friendship.
LAWRENCE (voice-over): We'll call him "Tim" to protect his privacy.
(on camera): What did he tell you about his background?
"TIM": He was, you know, very hurt as a person. He felt verbally, emotionally abused because of his sexuality. And so I thought maybe the Army could do for him what it had done to me.
LAWRENCE (voice-over): It didn't. Tim says Manning was verbally abused right from boot camp.
"TIM": Brad just took the harassment as, Oh, he's making fun of me, you know, and that's not right and I feel bad about it.
LAWRENCE (on camera): What did he write or say to you about the fact that the Army put him into that MOS (ph)?
"TIM": He said, I can't believe I'm in intel, you know? I can't believe they made me an intel analyst.
LAWRENCE: So you last saw him two years ago, and at that point, he had just gotten into a relationship with someone that you told us had sort of a profound effect.
"TIM": Yes, on his outlook. Through him, Brad was able to really sort of discover in himself, you know, that it was wrong, the discrimination, and how "Don't ask, don't tell," for example, sort of created an atmosphere in which that could happen because of, you know, silence because of your required silence.
LAWRENCE (voice-over): On Manning's FaceBook page, he did take stands, supporting the repeal of California's ban on gay marriage and ending the law of "Don't ask, don't tell."
"TIM": In my opinion, I feel that sexuality, his own sexuality and what happened to him in the military, coupled with the policy of the military played a significant role in the reason as to why he did what he did.
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LEMON: Our Pentagon correspondent, Chris Lawrence, is with me now from Washington. Chris, has the military or the Justice Department, which is also now involved in this case -- have they proven anything against Manning in the latest case?
LAWRENCE: No, Don. These are accusations. Nothing's been proven. We even mentioned that Manning's in prison, but that's because he's been charged with leaking something else, a secret military video which was posted on line by WikiLeaks a few months ago. He has not been formally charged with leaking the Afghanistan documents. But a Pentagon spokesman told me today Manning is their main person of interest.
LEMON: So what about the new documents WikiLeaks says it has and is threatening to put on line at any moment? What's the Pentagon saying about them?
LAWRENCE: Yes, you're talking about the documents we haven't seen yet. These could be intelligence reports, diplomatic cables. This is a massive file, 20 times bigger than what we saw before. And it's in an encrypted file labeled "insurance." I don't know about you, Don, but when someone says they've got an insurance file on me, you know, I think of incriminating photos in a desk drawer.
The Pentagon is sort of looking at it that way. I spoke with a senior official today. He said having this file posted but not open, it seems like intimidation, like WikiLeaks is trying to push the Pentagon off. He said the Pentagon is not going to back off. They said they're reiterating their demand that WikiLeaks give them their documents back -- Don.
LEMON: Our Pentagon correspondent, Chris Lawrence. Chris, thank you very much.
It is Friday night, and that means it's time for the "Laugh List," where we're going to rate the best of the late night. That's next.
LEMON: Welcome back, everyone, to the "List." Our top story tonight, one of them, the first lady's trip, her vacation to Marbella, Spain, five days over there with her daughter and some family friends, we are told. There's been lots of outrage, but there's also been some support.
Let's go now to the Twitter board and read some of your comments. My goodness. They deserve some time off, too. Is it really important where Mr. and Mrs. Obama go? Get off their backs. That's from bness631. Here's what "What You Want to Know" says. She goes to places in the U.S., they complain. She goes overseas, they complain. It's not her fault that she needs Secret Service. Frank597 says, People beefing about the first lady's trip to Europe should get a life. She has done plenty, so shut up. Go Michelle!
Thanks for your comments. We appreciate them. This has really been the buzz on social media all evening. Thanks for your tweets.
This next person we're going to talk about, you know him for his voice, but music sensation Usher also works on helping others find their voices. His new foundation helps kids in tough situations try to rise above their surroundings.
LEMON: You know where -- you know where they could use your help right now, big (ph) help (ph)? Chicago. A lot of youth violence there. Kids are killing each other.
USHER, MUSICIAN: We actually have -- we have some youth from Chicago, as well. There's no way to tell or understand what each and every youth may experience. But for those kids who are coming from impoverished homes and areas where, you know, it's not so pleasant, they not only need motivation but they need to be encouraged. And that's what New Look is ultimately about.
LEMON: That's the name of his foundation, New Look. Tomorrow night, hear my full conversation with Usher -- spent the whole day with him. You're going to hear and see that. He talks about Justin Bieber, former president Bill Clinton and some major firsts for his foundation. That's tomorrow, 5:00 PM Eastern right here on CNN.
It's time right now, though, for the "Laugh List," the three funniest jokes in late night.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A judge in California overturned the state's gay marriage ban yesterday. That's right.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Don't get too excited, though. He doesn't plan on telling his parents until Thanksgiving.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Sarah Palin is forming a coalition of female candidates and voters to stand up for what they believe in.
SARAH PALIN (R-AK), FMR. GOV., FMR. VP NOMINEE: Here in Alaska, I always think of the mama grizzly bears, rise up on their hind legs when somebody's coming to attack their cubs.
JON STEWART, "THE DAILY SHOW": The suggestion is all bears are conservative, then?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, just about. I mean, the only ones that typically don't vote Republican are the Berenstein bears.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Because they're Jews!
JAY LENO, HOST: If you've never seen the TV show "Jersey Shore," the show is nothing if not a trend setter. Now C-Span is trying to cash in on that success. Have you seen their new political show they have? Take a look.
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LEMON: Very funny! That is it for now. Have a great weekend. LARRY KING LIVE" starts right now.